By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
A suspect, Auwalu Abdulrashid, has confessed to killing and burying a 13-year-old hawker identified as Zuwaira, in Kano State.
The Kano State Police Command spokesperson, Abdullahi Kiyawa, disclosed this in a statement, on Wednesday.
According to Kiyawa, Abdulrashid kidnapped the girl and took her to an uncompleted building where he strangled her, cut her throat and buried her remains in a shallow grave.
He said after killing the victim, he reached out to her family and demanded a N1 million ransom.
“On the 21/06/2021 at about 1000hrs, a report was received from a resident of Tofa Town, Tofa LGA, Kano State, that his daughter, Zuwaira, ‘f’, 13 years old, 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.
“On receipt of the ugly report, scene visited, the body was exhumed, examined and confirmed dead by a Medical Doctor and released to the relatives for burial according to Islamic rites,” the statement read.
Kiyawa added that Abdulrashid also confessed that he had earlier kidnapped the three-year-old brother of the victim and demanded a N2 million ransom.
He said the suspect released the child after collecting a N100,000 ransom.
He was said to have dropped the child at Dawanau Special Primary School, Dawakin, in Tofa Local Government Area of the state.