A 22-year-old student, Abdul Basit Umar, of Modibo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa State, has been arrested today, Friday, October 4th by the Taraba State Police Command for kidnapping his 10-year-old sister, Amina Umar, and demanding for a N10 million ransom.
Umar was arrested alongside two of his accomplices, Sadiq Dalhatu Sani (21) and Abdullahi Habib (27), whom he hired to carry out the act.
Parading the student and his allies at the Taraba State Police Command in Jalingo alongside 19 other kidnappers and armed robbers apprehended in Gassol, Bali and other parts of Taraba State, the command warned that it would not tolerate any criminal activity in the State.
Taraba State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP David Misal, while parading the suspects said Abdul Basit Umar who happened to be a biological brother to the victim had on the said date criminally conspired with other suspects and lured the innocent girl into a Blue Honda Hennessy with registration No. MKF67JK Kaduna, and took her to Dove Hotel Mayo Dassa, where she was held captive.
According to him, the suspects contacted the family and demanded a ransom of N10 million, but later accepted to collect the sum of N4 million.
He added that they were arrested while trying to collect the said ransom at Wuro-Sambe, Jalingo, by the intelligence squad of the command.
The prime suspect, Abdubasit Umar, told journalists that he staged the kidnap of his younger sister to enable him raise money to travel out of the country.
He said in pidgin English, “if I kidnap my junior sister, I will get N10 million. My aim is if I get the money, I will go abroad.”