Kidnapper of 18 months old baby arrested by police in Kano

Kidnapper of 18 months old baby arrested by police in Kano

The Kano Police Command said its operatives have arrested a 22-year-old suspected kidnapper, Zakariyya Muhammad.

It said the arrest was made 16 hours after the kidnap of an 18-month-old baby.

In a statement by the Police Command’s spokesman, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa said Muhammad was arrested on Thursday following a report from a resident who claimed that the father of the victim informed him of the incident, adding that the suspect demanded N2 million ransom for her release.

According to the statement, on 04/07/2024 at about 4 pm, a report was received from a resident of Sabuwar Gandu Kwarin Barka Quarters, Kano that he received a phone call from an unknown person, who claimed to have kidnapped his 2½-year-old daughter, Amina and demanded N2 million ransom for her release.

It said the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Salman Dogo Garba on receiving information, mobilised a team of Anti-kidnapping Squad, led by SP Aliyu Muhammad Auwal, to rescue the victim within 24 hours and also to arrest the suspect.

Following the directives, the operatives swung into action and with sustained efforts, coupled with intelligence-led technical operations, arrested the suspect, Zakariyya Muhammad, ‘m’, aged 22 years old, of Sabuwar Gandu Kwarin Barka Quarters, Kano on 05/07/2024 by 8 am, 16 hours after the kidnap incident.

He said Muhammad, who is a neighbour to the victim confessed to having singlehandedly committed the offence and led the detectives to where he held the victim hostage.

“Subsequently, the victim was rescued unhurt in an isolated area in their neighbourhood and rushed to the Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital, Kano, where she was examined, and certified healthy.

The Commissioner of Police assured the public that this despicable act would not be tolerated, promising that the Command will continue to leverage all its available assets to forestall all criminal activities and bring the perpetrators to justice.

While appreciating the law-abiding people of the state, the Commissioner of Police urged the community to remain vigilant and cooperate with the police in preventing and reporting criminal activities to help create a safer environment for all.