The 15-year-old son of a Bauchi state medical doctor, Rilwanu Sadiq, has been killed by suspected kidnappers despite receiving N4.5 million ransom from his distraught father.
Abubakar who attends a Secondary school in Bauchi, was abducted in front of his father’s house along Gombe road in Ningi local government area of the state on April 1st.
Dr Sadiq, who works at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, said he was at work when he got the news of his son’s abduction. He immediately reported the matter to the neighbourhood security outfit as well as the state police.
Sadiq said his son’s abductors contacted him and initially demanded for N3 million ransom which he paid. Afterwards they demanded for another N1.5 million. He said he had to pay so he could get reunited with his son.
“We were giving them at intervals. They got N2 million hand-to-hand from me. The balance of N2.5 million was paid into about five bank accounts. But they kept asking for more. That was when I said I can’t bear it anymore, not knowing that they will even kill my son.” Dr Sadiq told Premium times.
The corpse of his son was exhumed from a shallow ditch inside an uncompleted building not far from their home on Sunday April 12. The distraught Father said he believes that his son’s killers, based on his kidnap and where his body was buried, are well acquainted with his family.
Commenting on the incident, the spokesperson of the state police command, Kamal Datti, said two persons have been arrested in connection with the death.
“Two suspects have been arrested in relation to the death, and investigation is on” Datti said