The Jigawa State High court 4 sitting in Dutse has sentenced a 39-year-old man, Datti Buba of Giade in Bauchi State to death by hanging for allegedly kidnapping and killing two boys in Jigawa.
The presiding judge, Justice Ubale Ahmed Taura said the suspect was arrested on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and culpable homicide.
The suspect admitted before the court that he and two others, Adamu Sabo and Usman Idrith of Tafawa -Balewa in Bauchi State committed the offences.
He said the offences contradict sections 97, 221, and 273 of the penal code.
Justice Taura has sentenced Datti Buba to five years imprisonment for the offence of criminal conspiracy and ten-year imprisonment for Kidnapping and was also sentenced to death by hanging for culpable homicide.
The two other suspects who were arrested for allegedly having hand in the kidnapping and killing of innocent boys were discharged for lack of evidence to justify Datti Buba’s claim that they committed the offence together.
Speaking after the court ruling, the convict Datti Buba said he and his colleagues from Taraba kidnapped the boys and request the ransom of five million Naira.
He said they decided to kill their victims for their relative’s failure to provide the amount they demanded as ransom and in good time.
Datti said the victims’ relatives were able to raise only N3,350m and they decided to kill them after collecting the ransom.
He said out of the money collected, he only benefited ten thousand Naira only because his colleagues fled to Taraba immediately after collecting the ransom.
It was reported last year that men of the Police command in Jigawa State had arrested a gang leader of a kidnap syndicate identified as Buba, who was for long on the wanted list in state.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Jigawa state command, SP Abdul Jinjiri, in a statement made available to newsmen, said: “the suspect was in the police wanted list early last year.”
Jinjiri added that Buba was declared wanted after he allegedly conspired with eight others and kidnapped two persons in Kafin Madaki of Gwaram Local Government of the State.
The suspect was a gang leader of a criminal syndicate terrorizing some villages in Gwaram Local Government and neighbouring villages in Bauchi State.
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