Barely 48 hours after five-year-old Hanifa Abubakar was kidnapped and poisoned by her teacher in Kano, an eight-year-old girl named Asma’u has also been killed in Zaria, Kaduna state, by her abductors after her father paid N3m ransom for her release.
Asma’u was abducted by one of her neighbors on the 9th of December 2021 and when she failed to return home, her father, Shuaibu Wa’Alamu, lodged a formal complaint with the police.
”My daughter was abducted on the 9th of December and when she failed to return home, I lodged a formal complaint with the Police.
After some days, the abductors began to call my number and demanded for N15m. But we negotiated and I first gave them N2m.
They collected the money in Rigasa area of Kaduna. Later, they called me again and demanded for another N1. 045m as the only condition to release my daughter. I did not argue. But I gave the money to them.
However, after paying the ransom as demanded on the 19th of January, they called me to tell me they had killed my daughter. And they immediately switched off their phone.
You see since from the initial stage, I was following her abductors and doing their bidding because of the fear of losing my daughter. Now, they have killed her.
I know those who abducted her and killed her. They are around us. I’m have strong evidence. I have told the Police. And they are on it. In fact, the suspects have been arrested,” he said.
Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the Kaduna Police Command, ASP Muhammed Jalige, said investigations were ongoing on the incident and that he needed to get more information from zaria command in order to be able to give full details.
“What I can tell you right now is that investigations are ongoing. I have to get across to our men in Zaria, then details of the incident will be released later.”he said