An event that could be described as paying evil for good recently occurred in Kaduna State, when an ex-military officer, whose name was given as Galadima and a neighbor of the family of one Mohammed Kabir allegedly organized the kidnapping of the 10-year-old boy.
Galadima and his accomplices reportedly collected five million Naira as ransom payment to free the boy, but they were said to have later strangled the victim to death.
Ironically, it was revealed that last year, when the ex-military officer had an accident, the father of Kabir contributed N300,000 for his medical treatment.
Kabir was said to have been kidnapped from his parent’s home in a suburb in Kaduna, and he was found dead seven days after he was abducted despite the N5 million ransom paid for his release.
He was kidnapped from the Badarawa suburb of Kaduna North Local Government area.
His body was found in drainage in Kano after a weeklong search and returned to Kaduna to be buried on Saturday.
It was gathered that an alarm was raised by Kabir’s parents, a search for him was done for days before a call came in from the kidnappers demanding N50m, and then later reduced the amount to N35m before finally agreeing to N5m.
A brother to the deceased, Abdulrahman Kabir Magayaki, said Kabir was taken away from their house to Zaria and from there to Kano State where his body was retrieved after the ransom was paid.
“One of the suspects that took the boy away was our neighbour while the ex-military personnel was also a resident in the community. They took him to Zaria, from there to Kano, where his body was retrieved inside drainage after they collected 5 million naira ransom,” he said.
Another resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the victim must have been killed after he recognised the faces of his abductors since they are all living in the area.
Sources said that they believed a neighbour connived with another resident ex-military personnel to kidnap the boy.
Three people have been picked up by the police, including the said neighbour, connected with the kidnap and murder of Kabir.
The Kaduna State Police Command Spokesman, Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the incident.
According to him, three suspects have been arrested in connection to the crime, including the neighbour.
He said they all confessed to the crime but said he could not comment on the military background of one of the suspects until after the investigation is concluded.