18-year-old girl kidnaps five-year-old cousin

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Gombe State Police Command has arrested an 18-year-old girl, Hadiza Babayo, for allegedly kidnapping the five-year cousin. Ms Hadiza, who hails from Lafiya Lamurde Local Government Area of Adamawa State, was arrested on Friday by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, in Gombe.

She allegedly conspired with one Bala Shuaibu of the same address and abducted the victim from her school.

The Police Public Relations Officer for the command, SP Obed Mary Malum, while parading the suspects before journalists at the command headquarters said the suspects kept the girl at a hotel in Nayi-Nawa area of Gombe metropolis and demanded N6 million as ransom from her parents.

The spokesperson added that after a credible intelligence, Mr Hadiza was arrested and confessed to the crime during interrogation which led to the arrest of the other suspect by the SARS operatives.

She said: “After we received the report of the kidnapping, the SARS operatives responded swiftly, cordoned off the hotel and rescued the victim unhurt, without any ransom being paid and also apprehended the other suspect.