The State Security Service has arrested a father of 10, Saturday Dewakei (pitured above), who allegedly kidnapped Abubakar Adamu, the five-year-old son of his neighbour and killed him when his demand for a N5m ransom was not met.
Dewakei, 43, was said to have entered his neighbour’s room at Aso ‘C’ Gbagalape, Mararaba area of Abuja through the ceiling on April 19, 2013 and abducted Adamu while he was asleep.
The SSS tendered the remains of the victim on Wednesday, which were mainly bones, including his ribs, femur, dental cavity and a locally-made pistol that was recovered from the suspect.
Parading the suspect in Abuja on Wednesday, the SSS Deputy Director, Operations, FCT Command, Ibrahim Halilu, explained that Dewakei killed the boy in an uncompleted building and dumped his body in a water-filled soak-away when the ransom he demanded was not paid.
He stated that the victim’s father, identified as Isah, paid Dewakei N100, 000, adding that the suspect murdered Adamu because he was dissatisfied with the amount.
Halilu stated that Dewakei was apprehended by operatives when he accepted the offer of additional N300, 000 after he had killed his victim.
“Investigation revealed that Dewakei killed the child and dumped the body in a soak-away when the ransom was not paid. He has taken operatives of this service to the scene of crime where the remains of the kidnapped boy were recovered,”Halilu said.
Dewakei, who appealed to Isah for forgiveness, said he kidnapped the boy.
He said, “I did not kill him. The victim was running away and he fell into the soak-away.
“I brought him out, but he had died because his hands were tied. The boy died in my arms; the parents should please forgive me. I only kidnapped him to make small money.”