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How 9-year-old Almajiri boy in Bauchi kidnapped 5-year-old girl for N5 million ransom

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How 9-year-old Almajiri boy in Bauchi kidnapped 5-year-old girl for N5 million ransom

In Bauchi State, a 9-year-old Almajiri boy, whose identity is protected, abducted a 5-year-old girl from her father’s house and demanded N5 million as ransom.

Bauchi State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Child Development, Hajara Gidado, narrated the shocking incident at the opening of a two-day capacity-building training for Tsangaya and Islamiyyah teachers at the Conference Hall of Sa’ad Abubakar Hajj Camp in the state.

Hajiya Gidado said the boy was originally brought for Islamic education from Kano State to Magama Gumau in Toro Local Government, where he acquired an old Android phone through begging and engaged in criminal activities, including kidnapping.

The commissioner said, “One day, in the course of his begging, he got to a house, he met a five-year-old girl, he picked her up and took her to a school in the town. After some hours, the girl became hungry, he too became hungry. He therefore went round to look for what the two of them would eat.

“He tried to get the phone number of the father of the girl, who had been looking for the girl. The Almajiri boy called the father and asked him to bring N5 million as ransom. The father ignored him.

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“Later in the evening, he decided to return the girl to the house where he picked her up. On the way, he met the father who asked him where he got the girl and he ignorantly told the father that he kidnapped her and since the father did not bring the ransom demanded, he decided to return her,” she added.

She said the minor had been abandoned at Bauchi Juvenile Remand Home by his biological parents as well as the Malam from whom he was receiving Islamic and Quranic education in Bauchi, where he is currently serving a sentence having been convicted by a court for an offence he committed three years ago.

The commissioner advised parents to ensure the well-being of their children, even if sent for Islamic education, and emphasised the responsibility of teachers in guiding Almajiris toward a positive path.

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