Why I Kidnapped Borno State APC Chairman’s Son - Fatima Muhammed (Suspect)

By Ahmed Abu, The Nigerian Voice, Maiduguri
Fatima Mohammed (suspect)
Fatima Mohammed (suspect)

A female kidnap suspect, Fatima Muhammed, said she has no regrets kidnapping the 12 -year-old son of Ali Bukar Dalori, the Borno State Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) last week.

Fatima made this known when she was paraded before newsmen shortly after her arrest in Maiduguri on Monday.

“I committed the crime because I am in love with money. “I have no regrets over the crime I committed and even if it is my own child I will kidnap him for money.

“I know he is the son of the APC chairman; I took him because I want money to go and enjoy myself somewhere. Why should I regret anything,’’ Fatima said.

Earlier, Mr Damian Chukwu, the Commissioner of Police ,Borno state said Fatima, was delivered of a baby boy when she was arrested at Albarka Hotel in Maiduguri on Sept 21.

Fatima allegedly abducted the boy and two others from a school and demanded for N20 million ransom.

Chukwu said the woman and the child were in good condition at the time she was arrested by men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

“It is pertinent to mention that the Fatima Mohammed was pregnant at the time she kidnapped the minor and gave birth to a baby boy in a Guests Inn while keeping the victim on Sept. 2,’’ Chukwu said.

The commissioner said that two suspects, Muhammed Musa and Muktar Ali-Shaibu, both from Bulumkutu Area of Maiduguri metropolis were arrested in Kano at the point of collecting the ransom demanded by the kidnappers.

Chukwu however explained further that the suspects, who admitted the crime, said they did it for the love of worldly things and money.

The CP added that the Borno state Police command was also investigating the involvement of an army major (name withheld) for security reasons , who paid the two days accommodation charges at the Guest Inn for the lady suspect to keep the kidnapped child at the hotel.

On Monday, 24/09/18, the Borno state Police Commissioner , Mr. Damian Chukwu in a press briefing with journalists in his office said on issue of criminal conspiracy and abduction on 19th September, 2018 at about 1430hrs involving the son of one Alhaji Ali Bukar Dalori , the State Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Borno State Chapter.

It was reported to the Police that at about 1300hrs same day, an unknown woman went to Capital School located at Old GRA, Maiduguri and abducted his four (4) years old son, Kashim Ali Bukar Dalori who is incidentally, the name sake of the incumbent Governor of Borno state, Alhaji Kashim Shettima and took him to an unknown destination.

He said that the abductor and her syndicate subsequently demanded for a ransom of Twenty Million Naira (N20,000,000.00k) through a text message sent to the mother of the victim with instruction that the ransom was to be dropped in Kano before the release of the victim.

The CP said in following the incident," I immediately mobilized teams of FSARS personnel led by the Commander, CSP Ibrahim O. Mohammed, to swing into action for possible rescue of the victim and arrest of suspects.

"Tentacles within and outside Maiduguri Metropolis were spread with the aid of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

"On 21st September, 2018 at about 1950hrs, two (2) members of the syndicate, (1) MOHAMMED SHEHU MUSA ALIAS ALHAJI SHANA and (2) MUKTAR GONI SHUAIBU ALIAS BANA, both of Bulumkutu area, Maiduguri were arrested in KANO at the point of collection of the N20,000,000 ransom", Chukwu said.

He however added that instant investigation led FSARS detectives to ALBARKA GUEST INN ALONG BAGA ROAD, MAIDUGURI where one FATIMA MOHAMMED (f) of Bulunkutu area, Maiduguri the same woman that abducted the victim at the school lodges.

CP Chukwu said she was arrested in possession of the four (4) years old victim and the rescued victim was handed over to the parents after medical examination.

According to him, all the suspects arrested confessed to the crime and claimed to have done so for the love of money and worldly things. They also confirned same to the journalists in an interview after they were paraded by the police at the police command headquarters Monday afternoon.

The Police Boss however said that the Manager of the Guest Inn was also apprehended and a Nigerian military officer of the rank of Major (name withheld for investigation purpose) who accommodated the female suspect in the Guest Inn were being investigated.

He added that it was pertinent to mention that the said Fatima Mohammed who was pregnant at the time she kidnapped the minor, gave birth to a baby boy in the Guest Inn while keeping the victim on 21/09/2018.

However, he said ,the suspects will all be charged to court on completion of investigations by the combined team of the FSAR Intelligence Squad and Borno State Police CIB handling the natter.

The State Chairman APC Borno State, Honourable Ali Bukar Dalori and his wife, the mother of the kidnapped child were full of excitement on getting the wind of the rescue of the child even before the child was brought into the family house healthy and safe.

Both the father and mother expressed appreciation to God Almighty to revealing the whereabout of the child and subsequent rescue of their child while thanking the people of Borno especially Maiduguri city for their prayers and support .

The chairman particularly thanked the security agencies for their concern and involvement as well as rescuing his child, pointing out that it is a history he will never forget in his life as such has never happened to him or his family or his relations in the last.

He said he used to hear about kidnapping elsewhere and never knew the pains and agony until it happened to him and his family while thanking God for everybody and all those who have directly and indirectly contributed and supported the rescue mission of his child.

Ali Dalori prayed God to reward them abundantly and for peace to continue to prevail in the state while acknowledging the efforts of the security agencies in the peace restoration efforts in the state and north east at large

Hundreds of sympathizers mostly supporters of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC have continued to troop into the residence of the State Chairman of the party, Hon. Ali Bukar Dalori over the kidnap of his little son, aged 12 who incidentally is Governor Kashim Shettima's name sake.

The incident our Correspondent gathered took place on Wednesday during school hours at about 1pm when the kidnapper who disguised as one the family members in Hijab (veil) went to Capital School near Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri and asked the school teacher in one of the classes to bring the boy for her attention.

Unknowingly, how the child was kidnapped started when in school, one of the teachers ( name withheld ) called the child and told him that one of his family member came calling to take him home, after which the boy innocently picked his school bag and followed the kidnapper to an unknown destination.

Sources said, the mother and her children recently relocated from one of their apartments in Maiduguri and moved to another apartment near Giwa Barracks before the incident took place.

Confirming the incident, Hon. Dalori in an emotional laden voice said, his son was abducted and that at about 3am on Thursday, the kidnappers called the mother and linked her to her son (Masta Kashim) who communicated with his mother.

Dalori however did not disclose the contents of the communications for security reasons, or whether the kidnappers have demanded any ransom from the family to release Kashim, insisting that since the kidnappers

communicated with his wife, became temporarily unavailable.

Sympathizers praying for the child and family after the Child was returned home

Rescued child with his mother at home after police returned him back to his parents.

Fatima Mohammed flanked by the Albarka Guest Inn Manager on the right side. Her two accomplices, who demanded for ransom of N20 million