23rd January, 2022
Another girl child, Asma’u Waalamu has been kidnapped and killed in Zaria, Kaduna state, just like the tragic case of five-year old Hanifa Abubakar killed by her teacher in Kano.
The kidnapping of eight-year-old Asma’u also happened last December. She was captured on 9 December when she went out to buy recharge cards.
And just like in Kano, her abductors also killed her after collecting over N3m ransom from the father.
Shuaibu Waalamu, father of Asma’u, believed that her daughter was kidnapped by some neighbours.
He said the police have made some arrests, according to a report by Punch.
Asma’u spent 42 days in the hands of her abductors before she was killed.
The story which was first broken by a friend of the father, one Musa Ahmed, who shared it on Instagram account by Hausa Fulanii.
The post read, “My friend’s daughter, an eight-year-old girl, had been kidnapped on her way to buy a recharge card in our neighbourhood.
“She was for the past 42 days with her abductors who demanded the sum of N3m which was given to them, but sadly, they killed the girl eventually.”
“It was said that perhaps the girl recognised her abductor who happens to be residing close to their house. In fact, she was playing with his kids almost everyday.
“They called her father demanding for additional money which he obliged and sent someone with the money.
“In the event of waiting for them, the guy was so furious because of the cool weather at night. He called the father and informed him he hasn’t seen anyone yet.
“Then, the father called the number and asked them to tell him the truth if they have killed the girl. Lo and behold, they said, they have killed and buried her in a shallow grave, four days ago.”
The girl’s father Wa’alamu said she reported the girl’s abduction to the police after her failure to return home.
He said after some days, the abductors reached out to the family and first demanded a ransom of N15m which was negotiated and N2m was given to the abductors.
According to him, the hoodlums later called and demanded for another N1.045m as condition for releasing the little girl.
“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. 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 switch off the phone. You see, from the initial stage, I was following her abductors and doing their bidding because of the fear of losing her. Now, they have killed her.
“I know those who abducted her and killed her. They are around us. I have strong evidence. I have told the police. And they are on it. In fact, the suspects have been arrested.”