Police in Kano have arrested one Auwalu Abdulrashid, 21, alias Lauje, for the alleged kidnap and murder of a 13-year-old Zuwaira.
The Command’s spokesperson, DSP Abdullahi Haruna-Kiyawa, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Kano.
According to the statement, the Police received a complaint on June 21, 2021, from a resident of Tofa local government area that his 13-year-old girl, Zuwaira, was kidnapped and a ransom of One Million Naira (N1,000,000.00) was demanded and later settled at Four Hundred Thousand Naira (N400,000.00).
While negotiating for the ransom, the body of the victim was discovered in an uncompleted building, slaughtered and buried in a shallow grave.
DSP Kiyawa said: “On receipt of the report, the scene was visited, the body of the girl was exhumed, examined, and confirmed dead by a Medical Doctor before the corpse was released to her relatives for burial according to Islamic injunctions.
“The Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi immediately raised and instructed a team of Operation Puff Adder led by SP Shehu Dahiru to arrest the culprits.
“The team swung into action and arrested one Auwalu Abdulrashid, alias Lauje, 21 years old, of Tofa Town, Tofa LGA, at Dan marke village, Dambatta LGA, on the 09/01/2022; 202 days after the incident.
“On preliminary investigation, the suspect confessed that he singlehandedly kidnapped the victim, deceived and took her to an uncompleted building located at Tofa Town, Tofa LGA, strangled her with her Hijab, used a knife to slaughtered her throat, and buried her in a shallow grave.
“He then demanded a ransom of One Million Naira (N1,000,000.00) but later settled at Four Hundred Thousand Naira (N400,000.00).
“The suspect further confessed that, on the 07/06/2021, he kidnapped a younger brother of the victim, 3-year-old Muttaka at Tofa Town, Tofa LGA and demanded a ransom of Two Million Naira (N2,000,000.00), but later settled and collected One Hundred Thousand Naira (100,000.00) and abandoned the child at Dawanau Special Primary School, Dawakin Tofa LGA, Kano State.
“Case will be charged to court for prosecution.”