Bauchi State Police Command has arrested four teenagers for allegedly kidnapping their neighbours’ six-year-old son and demanding N2.6m ransom at Anguwan Borno also known as Jaja in the Bauchi metropolis.
One of the suspects, Muhammad Isa, 18, who is a student of AD Rufai College of Education and Legal Studies, was arrested along with three of his friends for allegedly kidnapping their neighbour’s son.
While parading the suspects on Thursday, Isa told journalists that he was pushed into the crime to raise capital to start a tailoring business.
He said he was lured into the crime by his friend, Abdulgafar Adamu, 18, saying he could not resist the idea because he needed the money badly.
“When Abdulgafar told me about the plan I accepted immediately. The boy was kidnapped, and offered to keep him in my house. I lied to my parents that the boy’s mother was seriously sick after an accident and was hospitalised.
“I learnt tailoring and even had a shop built due to the COVID 19 pandemic, things were tight and I was looking for money to start my business. I told my father but he said he had no money,” he said.
The 200 Level Civil Law student said after a day his mother became suspicious and demanded to visit the abductor’s boy mother in hospital but Isa and his friends bought time as they contacted the hostage’s father.
Isa said Adulgafar, after hatching the plan, also involved Usman Muhammad, a 16 year old student of FOMWAN Secondary school, Bauchi.
“I invited the boy Abubakar Mohammed whom I know very well to accompany me to but doughnuts nearby and we took him to Usman’s house and hid him there,” the Senior Secondary 2 student said.
Abdulgafar, who masterminded said when he told his friends, including Ahmed Usman, school a 15 year old SS two student of Special School Toro, they all agreed
“Later I regretted my action and wanted to withdraw but I could not summon the courage to tell my parents or anyone,” he said.
Bauchi state Commissioner of police, Mr Lawan Tanko Jimeta told newsmen that the suspects would be soon arraigned in court.