Five-year-old Muhmad Tasiu was reportedly kidnapped by the most unlikeliest of persons.
The boy was reportedly snatched by a woman who wore the hijab. She was reportedly part of a larger group who used her to “blend in”.
The kidnapping took place at Galamawa community in Dutse, Jigawa state capital, on Sunday. The boy was later freed after his parents paid a huge sum, reports say.
The police spokesperson, Audu Jinjiri, said the police initially received the complaint of the incident as a case of a missing child, Premium Times reported.
However, further investigation revealed it to be a kidnap incident.
“Upon inquiries, witnesses testified to the police that they saw when an unidentified woman wearing hijab was spotted with the kid and his subsequent disappearance, which led to panic in the community.
“The family later a received a call from the kidnappers demanding payment of ransom to secure the release of the child,” the police said.
The father of the victim, only identified as Mallam Tasi’u, told reporters that they paid N1 million ransom to secure the release of the minor.
However, Mr Jinjiri said the police were not aware of a ransom payment before the child was released on Monday. He also cautioned parents to be watchful of the movement of their wards and report suspicious movement of persons in their communities.