Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Bauchi State Police Command has arrested five kidnappers, including a 14-year-old son of a politician in the state, known as Alhaji Bashir Bukar Rimin-Zayam, and a daughter of one Alhaji Sha’aban, who is chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Toro local government area of Bauchi state.
The two victims were abducted at their parents’ homes in Rimin-Zayam Town in Toro local government area of Bauchi state. The daughter of the APC chairman was kidnapped three weeks to her wedding.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the state, Kamal Datti Abubakar, confirmed the incident on Wednesday, while answering questions from reporters in Bauchi.
The states’ Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) said the victims were rescued and reunited with their families by police anti-kidnapping team, which arrested five suspects in connection with the criminal act, and assured that investigation had commenced over the incident.
Speaking also, father of the abducted boy, Alhaji Rimin-Zayam, expressed gratitude to God for the safe return of his son and the daughter of the APC chairman.
He said the victims are hale and hearty, and thanked sympathisers, families, friends and well-wishers that stood by them at their trying moments.
A family friend disclosed that the kidnappers went to the residences of the two politicians, first storming the house of Rimin-Zayam and, later, the residence of the APC chairman.
According to him, they tried to break the door of Alhaji Rimin-Zayam’s house but were unsuccessful. They eventually forced themselves into the house through the back door.
Conscience Triumph gathered that “The kidnappers ransacked the house and carted away valuable items before abducting the Junior Secondary School son of Rimin-Zayam,” the family friend, who pleaded anonymity, recounted.
He said the suspected kidnappers also stormed the house of Rimin-Zayam’s neighbor, who happens to be the APC chairman of Toro council, while explaining that after they forced themselves into the house and abducted Rimin-Zayam’s daughter whose wedding was three weeks away.
According to him, after several efforts and agreement, “they (kidnappers) brought them back and dropped them near the town where they trekked home and reunited with their families.”
He said the incident was reported to the Police and other security agencies, and commended the role played by the Police anti-kidnapping team headed by Mustafa, which led to the arrest of five out of eight suspects.