A boy kidnapped from his parent’s home at Badarawa Kaduna has been found dead, seven days after he was taken and N5 million ransom paid for his release.
Muhammad Kabir, taken from Badarawa suburb of Kaduna North local government area, is believed to have been killed by his kidnappers.
His body was found in a drainage at Kano after a weeklong search, and returned to Kaduna to be buried.
Sources in the area believe a neighbour connived with another resident to kidnap the boy.
Police have arrested three people, including the said neighbor, in connection with the kidnap and murder of Kabir.
Sources in the community also Said that immediately the boy was declared missing, a search for him was done for days before a call came in from the kidnappers demanding N50m, and then later reduced the amount to N35m before finally agreeing to N5m.
Abdulrahman Kabir Magayaki, a brother to the victim, said the late Kabir was taken away from their house to Zaria from there to Kano State where his body was retrieved after the ransom was paid.
“The suspects took the boy away to Zaria from there to Kano where his body was retrieved inside a drainage after they collected 5 million naira ransom,” he said.
He said the victim’s body was brought back to Kaduna and buried according to Islamic rites on Saturday.
Another resident, on condition of anonymity, said the victim must have been killed after he recognised the faces of his abductors since they are all living in the area.
The suspects when apprehended led the police to where the body was dumped.
Kaduna State Police Command Spokesman ASP Mohammed Jalige who confirmed the incident said three suspects have been arrested in connection to the crime, including the neighbour.
He said further comments on the case would be after investigations were concluded.