A five (5) 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.
According to a statement by ACP Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Aisha Ibrahim was reunited with her father, Mr Ibrahim Abdulmalik, of Gibori Street, Ibudu Market, Warri, Delta State on March 20, 2019 at the Force Headquarters, Abuja. He said that the obviously elated father was exclaiming “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!” as he showered 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, Mba said, Police detectives from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, acting on the directives of the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP M.A Adamu, swung into action which led to the arrest of the suspects and rescue of the victim. The two suspects are Abdullahi Abubakar ‘m’ 30 years and his mother, Mrs Jummai Salihu 62 years old, 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 ‘m’ 58 years of No.7 UCC Road, Hausa Quarters, Warri, Delta State, connected to the crime.
Meanwhile, the statement said that the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP M.A Adamu, has noted that parents and guardians should be aware that most criminal harms done to children, including child stealing, child trafficking, rape, defilement, abduction, kidnap etc, 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 them to harm’s way.