A woman and two others have been arrested by State Security Service, following the recovery of the corpse of her 6-year-old stepson from the hideout of suspected kidnappers in Kano State.
Muhammad Alhassan, Kano state director of the agency, said they were arrested after the recovery of the body, last week Tuesday. The suspects are Wasilla Abdullahi and 23-year-old men identified as Abubakar Maikudi and Mai Shuaibu.
Maikudi is married to the sister of the deceased. According to Alhassan, the agency was informed of the kidnap of the boy on Sunday last week by his father, Ahmad Kofar Ruwa, after he could not raise the ransom demanded by the suspects.
The boy was allegedly seized at the front of his parents’ home, the previous Saturday, and taken to an uncompleted building.
According to Alhassan, the alleged leader of the kidnap operation, Mr. Maikudi, muzzled and tied up the boy and hid him behind building blocks.
He said the suspect claimed that the boy was kidnapped with the connivance of Mrs. Abdullahi, one of the wives of the victim’s father, who he said was aggrieved by alleged neglect of her own kids by her husband.
Mr. Alhassan said Mr. Maikudi claimed that the woman told him they could extract a huge ransom from her husband, but the boy died while they were still negotiating the N2m ransom.