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Suspect: We sold Abdulkarim Na’Allah’s car for N1m… I used my share to buy bags of rice

Suspect: We sold Abdulkarim Na’Allah’s car for N1m… I used my share to buy bags of rice
September 16
20:54 2021

The Kaduna police command, on Thursday, paraded two suspects linked to the killing of Abdulkarim, son of Bala Na’Allah, senator representing Kebbi south.

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Abdulkarim was found dead at his residence in Malali GRA in Kaduna metropolis, in August.

A vehicle and some personal possessions of the deceased, who was a pilot, were said to have been carted away by the attackers.

The suspects — identified as Bashir Mohammed and Nasiru Balarabe — reportedly confessed that they sold the car for N1 million when they were paraded at the headquarters of the police command.

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Balarabe said he used his share of the money to purchase foreign rice, but he was intercepted by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at the border, and the rice was confiscated.

“I bought 23 bags of rice with my own share of the money, but it was intercepted by customs,” he said.

On his part, Mohammed said he had no relationship with the deceased prior to the incident.

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“One day, I, Nasiru, and one Usman Dan Kano (now at large), were passing in front of his (deceased) house. We saw a car parked inside the house; Dan Kano casually said we will come and steal the car from the house,” he said.

“The next day it rained, so we decided to go to the house. When we got inside, I and Nasiru opened the door for Dan Kano, who was holding a torchlight.

“The light from the torch attracted the attention of the deceased and immediately he saw us, he picked something from under his bed and started struggling with Balarabe.

“During the struggle, the deceased fell down and we used a rope for hanging clothes to tie him and he never spoke again. We picked up the car keys and left.”

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Muhammed Jalige, Kaduna police spokesperson, said the vehicle has been recovered and that they are liaising with Interpol to bring it back to Nigeria.

The command also paraded one Usman Abubakar, an alleged notorious kidnapper, said to be terrorising Chukun, Igabi and Giwa LGAs of the state.

Jalige said the suspect confessed to have participated in many abductions and collected several ransoms.

According to the police spokesperson, the suspect was arrested during a raid by “Operation Yaki Surveillance Team with FIB STS Force Headquarters, Abuja”.

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He also alleged that Abubakar “has links with recent attacks on Greenfield University, Bethel Baptist Academy and School of Forestry Mechanisation, Mando, Kaduna”.

“Investigation has since commenced and the suspect is currently assisting the police with vital information on how to arrest his criminal accomplices,” Jalige added.



This story is published in partnership with Report for the World, a global service program that supports local public interest journalism.

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