- A man was recently arrested for the abduction of his six-year-old stepsister
- The 22-year-old identified as Ibrahim Kazeem revealed he did it to raise money for his girlfriend
- He kidnapped her in order to receive a ransom
There is a popular belief that blood is thicker than water. However, numerous events have continuously proven that not everyone shares this belief as the material things of the world and certain desires often surpass the importance of blood and loyalty.
Adding to this number is a story of a 22-year-old man identified as Ibrahim Kareem, who was arrested for kidnapping his 6-year-old stepsister in order to financially cater to his girlfriend's needs.
Kazeem reportedly conspired with his girlfriend identified simply as Murja to kidnap his stepsister Asiya Kazeem, while she was returning from an Islamic school on April 16, 2019.
According to reports, his girlfriend looked after the little girl who was taken to Talata Mafara local government area of Zamfara state. Though the ransom was pegged at almost R120 000 Ibrahim pleaded with his gang members to accept the lower ransom his father agreed to pay because he was already traumatised.
Police spokesperson, SP Gambo Isah confirmed the arrest of the suspect and further disclosed that the case was transferred to the State Criminal Interrogation and Intelligence Department, where operatives took over.
He said: “At the end, he was asked to drop the money at a designated place where there were many people. From there, they asked him to go and pass the night at a school where the child would be brought to him. Later they changed their mind and asked him to sleep at the motor park. Around 2am, they called him on the phone to go and pick the abducted girl at a designated place. They ordered him to go immediately and pick her before another group would kidnap her”.
Speaking to newsmen, Kazeem said: “My girlfriend came visiting and I kept her in an apartment detached from our main building. Nobody knew she was in that house. But during her stay, I could not give her money. She suggested that we should abduct my stepsister so as to raise the money to give her. She said my father would not hesitate to bring out money for ransom.
On the day she was returning from Islamic school, I took her to my girlfriend who was on a motorbike. I had to appeal to them to release her because of the tension Asiya’s disappearance caused. Now I am ashamed of myself."
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