A 25-year old man has been apprehended by officials of the Kano Hisbah Board over his alleged involvement in child trafficking, just as the Board confiscated fake drugs worth over N5 million from a drug dealer in Sabon Gari area of the ancient city.
Confirming the arrest, the Director General of Hisbah Board, Mallam Abba Sa’id Sufi said that the suspect confessed to the officials of the Board that he specialized in kidnapping children for sale on prices ranging between N35, 000 and N60, 000 per child.
Sufi quoted the suspect as saying that he has a buyer based in Katsina state, but could not explain what his accomplice does with the children.
As at press time, the suspect has been handed over to the State Police Command for further investigation and prosecution.
Sufi, however, confirmed that the suspect hails from Gwale Local Government Area of Kano State, disclosing that he has been handed over to the Police after his arrest in Gwale LGA for further investigation but said his name cannot be disclosed for now pending the conclusion of investigations.
As at the time of the suspect’s arrest, the Director General revealed that he was caught with a girl of about five years old, confessing that he was taking her to Dawanu on Katsina road, where somebody will pick her and settle him, adding that he has been involved in the crime for a period of between two and three years.
Also, the Hisbah Board Director General confirmed that the State Police Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Magaji Musa Majiya was contacted on phone over the suspect, adding that the police investigation on the issue is in progress.
Meanwhile, the Hisbah Guards apprehended and confiscated fake drugs from a fake drugs dealer in the Sabon Gari Area of the city, estimated at over N5 million.
Surfi said that the arrested peddler has been handed over to the Police for investigation and prosecution.
The Hisbah Board Director General listed the drugs to include, anti-malaria and anti-biotic drugs, which he noted were all fake and substandard, adding that the matter is still under investigation but still in the custody of Hisbah Guards.
According to Sufi, the State Government has been and still committed to the war to get rid of fake and adulterated drugs in the commercial city of Kano.
He assured that Hisbah Board Guards would continue to fight and wage war against fake and adulterated drugs in the metropolis.