Abduction and Ransom Demand: The Adamawa State Police Command apprehended a 29-year-old man, Abubakar Kawu, on charges of kidnapping and ultimately strangling a six-year-old boy. According to a statement from the Adamawa Police Public Relations Officer, SP Suleiman Yahaya Nguroje, the suspect, identified as a dry cleaner, abducted young Abdulhafiz Buba Aliyu on May 12, 2023. In a horrifying turn of events, Kawu allegedly demanded a ransom of N3.5 million from the boy’s father, Muhammed Buba Aliyu.
Tragic Outcome: Disturbingly, the suspect’s reaction to the father’s plea for a reduced ransom shocked everyone involved. Despite Mr. Aliyu’s plea to pay what he could afford—a mere N50,000—the suspect, enraged by the amount, resorted to the unthinkable. Tragically, the six-year-old victim, Abdulhafiz, was mercilessly strangled to death by Kawu. The heart-wrenching incident serves as a somber reminder of the dangers lurking in society and the importance of vigilance in protecting children.
Pursuit of Justice: The Adamawa State Police Command emphasizes the need for parents and guardians to maintain constant vigilance over their children. They have vowed to conduct a thorough investigation to ensure that justice is served. Once the investigations are completed, the suspect, Abubakar Kawu, will face charges in court. This tragic case underscores the urgent need for community awareness and collaborative efforts to prevent such heinous crimes against innocent children.