Suspected kidnapper of Nabeeha, sisters arrested in Kaduna

Slain Najeebah and family

The police on Sunday said they have arrested the suspected killer of a resident of Bwari in Abuja Nabeeha Al-Kadriyah.

Spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force Olumuyiwa Adejobi announced this in a statement.

Nabeeha, her five sisters, and their father were taken captive on January 2. However, their father was released and asked to get N60 million as ransom.

Following the failure to raise the money, the eldest of the children Nabeeha, a 400-level biological science student at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), was killed by the kidnappers and the ransom increased to N100 million.

The incident caused outrage on social media.

The other girls, however, regained their freedom in the early hours of Sunday, January 21.

Announcing the arrest of the suspect, Adejobi said: “The operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, on 20th January 2024, have arrested one Bello Mohammed, 28, of Zamfara state, in Kaduna.

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“The Divisional Police Officer, Tafa Division, acting on intelligence, raided one hotel in Tafa Area, Kaduna, where he arrested Bello, with the sum of #2.25m (Two Million, two hundred and fifty million naira) only, suspected to be proceeds of ransoms collected from kidnapped victims within the area.

“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 Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D., NPM, has ordered that the suspect, who also confessed to the involvement of the already five (5) neutralized bandits in Kaduna by the IRT, headed by one Mai Gemu (aka Godara), whose deadly camp has also been destroyed, be handed over to the DFI-IRT in Abuja for discreet investigations into the matter and arrest of all other culprits responsible for the dastardly act. The suspect is currently helping the police in their investigations.”

The statement said the IGP commended the DPO and police superintendent Idris Ibrahim for the commitment and professionalism displayed in the case.