Police have arrested a suspected kidnapper believed to be involved in the abduction and tragic killing of Nabeeha and several other hostages.
The suspect, identified as Bello was apprehended with the sum of N2.25 million, suspected to be proceeds of ransoms collected from kidnapped victims within the area.
The arrest took place in the Tafa Area of Kaduna state, following intelligence gathered by SP Idris Ibrahim, the area’s Divisional Police Officer (DPO), according to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Sunday, January 28.
“The suspect, during interrogation, confessed to be part of the gang that kidnapped the family members of one Barrister Ariyo in Bwari, FCT, on 2nd January 2024, and killed some kidnapped victims, including Nabeeha, F, daughter of the legal practitioner, on 13th January, 2024, in a kidnappers camp, in Kaduna State.
’The suspect, in a dramatic situation, offered #1,000,000 (one million naira only) to induce the DPO, who rejected the offer and carried out his duty diligently,” the statement said.
Adejobi said the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, had ordered that the suspect be handed over to the Department of Force Intelligence Tactical Teams (DFI-IRT) in Abuja for discreet investigations.
While commending DPO of Tafa, SP Ibrahim for the commitment and professionalism displayed in the case, the IGP further assured that the Police would leave no stone unturned in dealing with criminals in the country..
The Explainer had reported how about 19 residents were taken away by bandits from the Sagwari Estate Layout in the Dutsen-Alhaji area in the Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on January 2.
The kidnappers killed four of the hostages, including Nabeeha Al-Kadriyar, a 400-level student of Biological Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and 13-year-old Folashade Ariyo.
Nabeeha was abducted alongside her father and five other siblings from their home in the Bwari Area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
After spending 18 days in captivity, the girls were freed in a joint police-army operation on Saturday night, according to the FCT police spokesperson, Josephine Adeh.
Unfortunately, Nabeeha was killed when the abductors’ ransom demands were not met, the Explainer learned.