Men who kidnap children and negotiate their ransom with recharge cards arrested (PHOTOS)
The Kano State Police Command has smashed a kidnapping gang, which specialized in abduction children and demanding for recharge cards as ransom.
According to the Kano State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Magaji Musa Majiya, three members of the gang had been arrested and now in police custody. Also, seven victims had been rescued.
Parading the suspects at the office of the Assistant-Commissioner of Police (ACP), in charge of Kano Metropolitan Area, Majiya said that the leader of the syndicate, Khalifa Usman, has been arrested and presently in police custody.
Majiya said: “Whenever the kidnappers abduct a child, they would meet with other members of the gang, and start making phone calls to negotiate with the parents for ransom to be paid before a child is released. They would take the victim and keep him or her in a village, before negotiating for ransom.
“The suspects would then continue to put pressure on the parents of the abducted children to agree to the stipulated condition of paying the ransom in form of supplying GSM recharge cards of various networks.”
The Police said that parents of the abducted children had to succumb to the pressure, buying large quantities of recharge cards, so that their children would be released.
Majiya stated that seven children, between four and five, were rescued. He further disclosed that one phone; three SIM cards and recharge cards were recovered and tendered as exhibits.
Majiya also affirmed that all the suspects had confessed to the crime, while efforts are ongoing to arrest other members of the gang still at large.
Majiya urged parents to ensure that adults escort their children to school and other places.