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Man kidnaps, kills six-year-old cousin in Kaduna



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Residents of the ancient city of Zaria in Kaduna State were on Sunday saddened following the arrest of one AbdulAzeez Idris, who allegedly kidnapped and killed his six-year-old cousin, Aisha Dahiru.

ASP Mansir Hassan, the Police Public Relations Officer, while confirming the case, said Dahiru was kidnapped while on her way to Islamiya school (Qur’anic school).

Hassan said that the six-year-old was killed after being recognised by the cousin while hostage.

This was despite the abductee offered a N8m ransom via an unknown caller, the police spokesman said.

The PRO, who stated that the incident happened on February 12, 2024, noted that the case had since been referred to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the SCID Kaduna after Saidu Dahiru, the victim’s father, lodged the complaint.

The police boss, in a statement, said, “On February 12, 2024, at about 1:00 hrs, Mr. Saidu Dahiru, father of the victim, a resident of Angwan Juma’a, Zaria, reported to the Zaria City Police Station that his daughter, Aisha Saidu, a six-year-old female, went missing on her way to Islamiyya school.

“According to Mr. Dahiru, Aisha was allegedly abducted by her cousin, Abdulazeez Idris, also residing in Angwan Juma’a, Zaria. Following her disappearance, Dahiru received a phone call from an unknown individual, later identified as the perpetrator, demanding a ransom of N8m for her safe return.

“The case was transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of SCID, Kaduna, where they traced and arrested the perpetrator, identified as Abdulazeez Idris, in Makarfi Local Government.

“The suspect confessed to the heinous crime, admitting to slaying the innocent child by brutally slashing her neck with a razor blade on the account that she recognised him and then went on to dispose of her lifeless body in a well.”

The police spokesman quoted Audu Ali, the state Commissioner of Police, as assuring members of the public that the case would be diligently investigated to ensure that justice was served for Aisha Saidu and her grieving family.

Hassan said the suspect will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is completed.





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