A five-year-old girl, Aisha Ibrahim, who was kidnapped on March 16, 2019 at Ibudu 1 Area, Warri, Delta State by unknown persons was rescued unhurt by the Police at Bukan-Kwatu, Lafia, Nasarawa State.
Aisha Ibrahim was reunited with her father, Ibrahim Abdulmalik of Gibori Street, Ibudu Market, Warri, Delta State, on March 20, 2019 at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The obviously elated father exclaimed: “I thank God o! I thank Police o! I have even lost hope!
“I just received a call I should come to Force Headquarters to collect my pikin!”
This came amid showering of encomiums on the Nigeria Police Force for the intense follow-up which led to the quick rescue of his daughter, who was kidnapped while returning from school on the said day.
On receipt of the information, Police detectives from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, acting on the directives of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, swung into action, which led to the arrest of the suspects and rescue of the victim.
The two suspects are Abdullahi Abubakar, 30, and his mother, Jummai Salihu, 62, both of Bukan-Kwatu, Lafia, Nasarawa State.
Abdullahi Abubakar, the principal suspect, who is well-known to the family of the victim, under the pretext of helping the victim to cross the road, abducted her and took her from Warri, Delta State to Lafia, Nasarawa State, where he kept her with his mother (second suspect), while he contacted the parents of the victim for ransom.
The suspects have made useful statements to the Police on the roles they played in the kidnap of young Aisha.
Efforts are ongoing to apprehend other persons, particularly one Inusah Ibrahim, 58, of 7, UCC Road, Hausa Quarters, Warri, Delta State, connected to the crime.
Meanwhile, Adamu has observed that parents and guardians should be aware that most criminal harms done to children, including child stealing, child trafficking, rape, defilement, abduction and kidnap, are usually carried out by persons they are familiar with.
He therefore advised that parents and guardians should pay close attention to their children/wards, especially on their movements to and fro school in order to prevent any untoward situation that might endanger or bring the children to harm’s way.