An 18-year-old girl, Hadiza Babayo has been arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in
Gombe State for kidnapping her uncle’s 4-year-old daughter. The indigene of Lafiya Lamurde Local Government Area of
Adamawa state who was paraded before newsmen reportedly connived with one Bala Shuaibu to abduct the victim from school.
The suspect kept the little girl at a hotel in Nayi-Nawa area of Gombe metropolis and demanded N6 million as ransom from her parents. Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mary Malum said Hadiza was arrested based on credible
intelligence the SARS operatives got.
She said, “During the course of interrogation, Hadiza Babayo confessed to the crime and stated how she and one Bala Shuaibu, abducted the
victim from Gombe High school and kept her in a hotel at Nayi-Nawa quarters Gombe, where they demanded a ransom of six million naira (N6m) from the victim’s father before she could be
“The SARS operatives responded swiftly and rescued the victim unhurt, without any ransom”
Hadiza whose confession led to the arrest of the other suspect, said the guy she contacted to kidnap her cousin in order to get money from her uncle is her boyfriend.
“After bringing her from school, I arranged to take her to my boyfriend (Shuaibu), we wanted to use the opportunity to get money from my uncle since he had not shown me enough care,” she said.