Sheikh Ahmad Sulaiman, a famous Islamic scholar and fanatical supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, has been kidnapped, with the kidnappers demanding a ransom of N300 million before his release.
PRNigeria reports that the prominent reciter of the Holy Quran was returning to his base in Kano, after attending a religious function in Kebbi State when he was abducted.
Naija News learned that the abducted Sheikh had offered prayers for the re-election bid of President Buhari at some political rallies organised by All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, in the build to the 2019 general elections.
According to an audio clip obtained by PRNigeria, the kidnappers are demanding the sum of N300 million as ransom, before releasing the revered cleric from their hideout.
The online news website reports that the supposed ringleader of the abduction gang, spoke in Hausa, with a close associate of the kidnapped Quranic reciter, saying they were mandated by an influential politician to abduct and kill Sheikh Sulaiman, who their sponsor allegedly claimed is a terrorist.
“However, after taking a close observation, we noticed that our victim has no semblance to a terrorist. We discovered that he is rather a God-fearing Muslim and very knowledgeable preacher. We also interrogated him, and he told us everything about himself,” the kidnapper told the reciter’s sympathizer, in the nine-minute telephone chat.
It was learned that the Hausa-speaking gang leader with Fulani’s accent, said they were never interested in carrying out the murderous assignment, in the first place, when asked by his caller what they should offer for the speedy release of the notable Islamic teacher.
The gangleader said: “But it will be unfair that we fritter the three hundred million naira the politician gave us without executing his work,” he said, adding that, “So, we are intending to give him back his money since we may not be able to do his bidding. And again, we will also express our displeasure to him for wrongly accusing the Sheikh to be an insurgent, when in reality, he wasn’t.
“But in the meantime, you (his people) should first raise the three hundred million we will return back to the politician. And then, you will also give us money for fueling the vehicle we used to convey him to Kebbi.
“But if you people cannot raise the money we demanded, we will not hesitate to eliminate Mallam, and collect the additional sum the politician promised us if we should kill him,” the leader said.
This online news platform understands that Katsina, President Buhari’s home country, is becoming a den for kidnappers as there is hardly a day without a reported case(s) of kidnapping in the state.
kidnapping cases have been reported in most local government areas of Katsina State especially in Jibia, Dandume, Faskari, Sabuwa, Danmusa, Safana, Kankara, Batsari, Dutsinma, Kurfi, Funtua and Katsina metropolis.