Olaleye Aluko, Abuja
The police in Bauchi State have arrested a suspected kidnapper, Buba Sale, for allegedly abducting a woman, Binta Mohammed, and her four-month-old baby in the Liman Katagun area of the state.
Our correspondent learnt that 40-year-old Sale, who held the woman and her baby hostage for about five days, had demanded a ransom of N500,000.
However, a team of policemen form the Anti-Kidnapping Unit reportedly rescued the woman and rushed her to a hospital for treatment.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Dalti Abubakar, who paraded Sale and other suspects on Thursday, said the case would be charged to court at the end of investigations.
He said, “On July 11, the anti-kidnapping unit arrested the suspect. He kidnapped the victim with her four-month-old baby on July 6 at about 1.30am and demanded a ransom of N500,000. The hostage was rescued alive and rushed to the hospital where she was admitted for treatment. The case is under investigation after which the suspect will be charged to court.”
In another incident, the police arrested a three-man gang of cattle rustlers and suspected kidnappers in the Gubi Village area of Bauchi.
The suspects – Buba Maikudi, 26, Ishaka Muhammadu, 19, and Ibrahim Isah, 23 – allegedly abducted three cattle farmers in the Dass Local Government Area of the state and also robbed them of 72 cows, valued at N8.5m.
Our correspondent learnt that the principal suspect, Maikudi, had been on the police wanted list in connection with various cases of kidnapping and cattle rustling.
The police spokesperson, Abubakar, said all the hostages were rescued.
He said, “We also recovered 30 cows, 10 Sheep, a dane gun, two cutlasses and charms. The case is under investigation and the suspects will be charged to court for prosecution as soon as possible.”