The Gombe State Police Coammand has paraded two suspected kidnappers, who abducted five year old Aisha Modibo Mohammed, on September 16 and held her hostage for over 24 hours.
The lead suspect, 18 year old Hadiza Babayo, was alleged to have gone to the victim’s school, who is her cousin, in pretence to pick her up as usual, but instead took her to her accomplice, 21 year old Bala Shaibu, who kept Aisha hostage in a hotel room within Gombe.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent of Police Mary Obed Malum, told journalists in Gombe, that the male suspect called the parents and demanded for six million naira from them, if they wanted their daughter alive.
Mrs. Malum said swift intervention by the Anti Robbery Squad attached to the Police Command arrested the suspect and rescued the victim unhurt.
She said the lead suspect, Zainab returned home as if nothing had happened, but the insistence of the victim’s elder brother and interrogation by the police made her confess to the crime.
She said further investigations were ongoing and soon the suspects would be charged to court.
The victim’s father, Malam Modibo Mohammed, said the suspect was his elder brother’s daughter, who stayed with them once in a while, but were all surprised that his elder son, who was in the same school with Aisha, alerted the school and the family of the likely kidnap of his sister by their cousin.
He advised parents to pay closer attention to the activities of their children and wards, to avoid cases of this nature.
In the same vein, the Gombe State Police Command has arrested and paraded two suspected rapists, but with one suspect still at large, for sexually molesting minors.
The police is therefore advising residents of Gombe State to take all necessary security measures to protect their children and wards, both at home and at school.
It also urged the public to continue to collaborate and assist the police with genuine useful and timely information in their collective bid to serve the society better.