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Police arrest suspected kidnapper, rescue 18-month-old victim

Police have arrested a 22-year-old suspected kidnapper, Zakariyya Muhammad, from Sabuwar Gandu Kwarin Barka Quarters, Kano State, sixteen hours after the kidnapping.

The police command spokesperson, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, confirmed the arrest in a press launch on Tuesday, saying: “On 04/07/2024 at about 1600hrs, a report was acquired from a resident of Sabuwar Gandu Kwarin Barka Quarters, Kano that he had acquired a name from an unknown particular person, claiming to have kidnapped his 2 ½-year-old daughter Amina and demanding a ransom of N2 million for her launch.”

“Upon receipt of the report, the Kano State Police Command Commissioner, CP Salman Dogo Garba, mobilised a group of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad, led by SP Aliyu Muhammad Auwal, with the duty of rescuing the sufferer inside 24 hours and guaranteeing the arrest of the suspect.”

“Due to this fact, the unit swung into motion and with sustained efforts coupled with intelligence-led technical operations, led to the arrest of the suspect, Zakariyya Muhammad, ‘M’, aged 22, of Sabuwar Gandu Kwarin Barka Quarters, Kano on 05/07/2024 at 8am, that’s 16 hours after the kidnapping incident.”

In keeping with the affidavit, the suspect, who occurs to be a neighbor of the sufferer, confessed to committing the crime alone and led investigators to the scene the place she was holding the sufferer hostage.

“The sufferer was subsequently rescued unhurt in a distant space of their neighborhood and rushed to Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital in Kano the place she was examined, declared wholesome and discharged.”

The CP, nonetheless, assured the general public that this despicable act wouldn’t be tolerated and promised that the command would proceed to make use of all obtainable assets to forestall all prison actions and convey the perpetrators to justice.

Whereas the CP appreciates the law-abiding residents of the state, he urged the group to stay vigilant and cooperate with the police in stopping and reporting prison actions to create a safer setting for all.

“In case of emergency, you may contact the Kano State Police Command by way of the next cell phone numbers; 08032419754, 08123821575, 09029292926, or log into the NPF Rescue Me software obtainable on the Play Retailer, or by way of the next on-line media platforms:

Fb: Kano State Police Command

Twitter: Kano State Police Command (@KanoPoliceNG)

Instagram: Kano State Police Command

Tiktok: Kano State Police Command.”

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