The Katsina State Police Command has arrested a cripple man turned kidnapper for attempted kidnapping for ransom. Buhari Haruna, 22, a native of Katsina State’s Kankia Local Government Area, was paraded at the state police command on Monday for threatening and masterminding a kidnapping attempt on Hamisu Salisu, also from Kankia.
The suspect, who claimed to be a phone repairer, allegedly phoned his main target on the phone and demanded N2 million in order to spare himself and his family from being killed or abducted.
According to SP Isah Gambo, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, the suspect said that his first goal was to kidnap the victim’s father but that he abandoned the plot after learning that the elderly man was unwell and hospitalized.
If Hamisu wishes to prevent his family from being abducted, he was urged to play along with the suspect who directed him to deposit the N2 million ransom at a specific spot.
Unbeknownst to him, the police had sealed off the area and were eagerly waiting for the suspect to arrive and pick up the ransom, who when he did was a cripple crawling on his knees and buttocks.
The cops swooped in on him as soon as he picked up the ransom and caught him before he could vanish into thin air.
The Katsina Police Command have succeeded in arresting a person with a special need who turned himself into a kidnapper and demanded for a ransom of N2 million.
“It may interest you to know that this gentleman here, Buhari Haruna is 22 years and from Kankia LGA of Katsina State.
“On 20 August, he sent a threat message to one Hamisu Salisu, who is also from Kankia LGA and demanded for the ransom N2 million or risk being kidnapped.
“In the course of investigation, the victim reported to the Kankia Police Division where preliminary investigation led to the arrest of this suspect.
“The fact of this case was that the police advised the victim to comply with the instructions of the suspect and he made mention of a place where the N2 million ransom was to be taken to him.
“We planned and successfully took the money to the location and after we dropped the money with our men hanging around the area, fortunately enough we saw this gentleman crawling and he went and took the ran some money. Then our men rounded him up and he was arrested,” SP. Isah Gambo said.
Buhari admitted to the crime under interrogation, although claiming that it was his first time.
However, according to SP Gambo, this is the third time a cripple has been involved in an abduction and banditry-related crime.
While speaking to reporters at the police headquarters, SP Gambo encouraged families of abducted victims to proceed with care and avoid panicking and rushing to pay ransom since criminals are now exploiting the state’s security difficulties to rob people of their hard-earned money.