Man Kidnapped In Kano Found Dead In Kogi After N6m Ransom Was Paid

Yahaya Hassan Musa, a 39-year-old businessman, was kidnapped and his death was discovered in a forest hours after his kidnappers got an N6 million ransom.

The incident began on Thursday, when the victim, who is married with two children, was returning from a business trip in Cotonou, Benin Republic, and was kidnapped in a forest near Mopa in Kogi State, with the kidnappers demanding N10 million and later lowering it to N6 million.

The late Yahaya’s brother, Abubakar Hassan Musa, who delivered the N6 million to the kidnappers, told City & Crime that his brother used to fly whenever he traveled, but that on that fatal trip, he elected to return by road.

He said, “The kidnappers requested that I should take the money to a forest in Kabba. I went and delivered the money in cash. They then directed me to a place where I would meet him, but I did not meet him. I slept in the forest alone.

“The following day I continued searching until a woman who was kidnapped alongside my brother called me and said they killed him before even collecting the ransom, but that she didn’t know where they dumped his body.

“I went back to the nearby town and hired hunters to get back into the forest and search for the corpse. After treking many kilometers, we found his decomposing corpse.”

He said because they couldn’t find a bus to carry the corpse because of its decaying condition, they buried him in the bush according Islamic rites after consulting the family in Kano.

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