Men of the Nigerian Police Force in Kano have arrested 24-year-old Habibu Sale, who allegedly kidnapped and killed eight-year-old girl, Asiya Tasiu in Chikawa village, Gabasawa Local Government Area of Kano state.
The spokesman of the Kano Police Command, Abdullahi Haruna said the suspect killed his victim after collecting a ransom of N500, 000.
According to Mr Haruna, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, who spoke on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, Habu Sani, the incident happened on June 5, but Police effected his arrest on November 7 in front of the suspect’s family house after keeping an eye on him.
Police investigations, according to Mr Haruna, revealed that “Mr Sale killed the girl after collecting the ransom and buried her in a very shallow grave at the outskirts of Chikawa village to cover his crime because the victim lived in the same vicinity with him and could recognize and possibly expose him.”
The Police Image-maker added that Mr Sale kidnapped Asiya while she was going for an errand in her aunty’s house, adding that, the suspect is a neighbour to the deceased’s aunty.
DSP Haruna said the suspect was arrested as a result of a directive by the Commissioner of Police, who charged the Operation Puff Adder to swing into action and arrest the suspects.
He said investigations were spread to Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina and even Aba in Abia state before the suspect was finally arrested.
Though Mr Sale confessed to having committed the crime alone, Police indicated that there are other accomplices at large because he confessed to having spent the N500, 000 ransom on harlots, drugs and gambling.
“After collecting the ransom, I had travelled to Kaduna state where I stayed and enjoyed the money with my friends,” he said.
He added that the girl died as a result of the accident on a motorcycle when he was driving her away to his hideout.
He, however, said that he was aware that he could be killed by hanging, but pleaded for mercy.
Father to the deceased, Tasiu Adamu told journalists at the Bompai Police headquarters that the kidnappers of her late daughter demanded N10 million ransom, “but we later settled for N500, 000.
“What I can not explain is why they killed my daughter after paying the ransom to them. This is very wicked of them. I need justice and I believe police will ensure that justice is done for the sake of my daughter,” he said.