One Buba Mohammed a.k.a Mallam, confessed to have connived with a syndicate of kidnappers from Taraba and Adamawa to kidnap his neighbour Aishatu and her 8 months old son.
Mohammed, a trusted neighbour to one Aliyu Suleiman, a resident in Yulde Pate, Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa State, made the confession to newsmen in Yola while he was being paraded by Adamawa Commissioner of Police, CP Olubenga Adeyanju at the command headquarters on Wedneday, September 16.
According to him, he was approached by a herdsman named Wakili to strike the deal, saying that Aliyu’s brother who is a top government official in the state will pay millions of naira as ransom.
Responding to questions from reporters, Mohammed revealed that he was the one who organised and informed them of the situation of things during ransom negotiations. He also advised them to kidnap the wife and her baby as they will get enough money from the deal.
Mohammed admitted that the family of Aliyu has been good to him and blamed the act on the devil.
“Honestly, I don’t know them and I don’t know where they have taken them to. All they say was that they will give me money and it was sixty thousand naira of the one million ten thousand naira they collected as ransom.I’m pleading for Mercy, it’s the work of the devil, I don’t really know what has come over me,” he confessed.
Narrating his ordeals, Aliyu Suleiman said he feels bad that Mohammed, who he had always perceived as a good neighbour could do such thing to his family.
“The ugly experience of the fateful day of 11th July 2020 can’t be erased in his mind, the kidnappers actually stormed my house to search for me,” he said..
Suleiman recalled that during the negotiations to secure the release of his wife and son, the kidnappers knew exactly what they have agreed to do as a family even before they reached out to them.
“From today, I now understand doing good to people is a serious crime.” he added.