Grieving dad narrates how neighbour killed daughter, 8, after collecting N3m ransom


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As Nigerians are still grappling with the gruesome killing of five-year-old Hanifa Abubakar, a grieving father, Alhaji Shuaibu Wa’alamu has explained how his eight-year-old daughter was killed by his neighbour after he kidnapped her and collected N3 million ransom.

Wa’alamu said his daughter, Asmau was kidnapped on December 9, 2021, and he lodged a formal complaint with the police after she failed to return home.

He said that few days after, the abductors began to call his number to demand N15 million.

Wa’alamu said he negotiated and the abductors accepted N2 million down payment.

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“They collected the money in Rigasa area of Kaduna. Later, they called me again and demanded for another N1.045m as the only condition to release my daughter,” he told Saturday Vanguard.

“I did not argue. But I gave the money to them. However, after paying the ransom as demanded on the 19th of January, they called me to tell me they killed her and switched off the phone.

“You see since from the initial stage, I was following her kidnappers and doing their bidding because of the fear of losing her. Now, they have killed her.

“I know those who kidnapped her and killed her. They are around us. I’ve strong evidence. I have told the police. And they are on it. Infact the suspects have been arrested.”

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