A dismissed soldier of the Nigerian Army, Galadima Sani, has taken to kidnapping, leading a gang to abduct and kill a five-year-old boy after the family had paid N5 million ransom.
SaharaReporters learnt that noncommissioned officer Sani was dismissed from the Nigerian Army about five years ago for heist , but the military authorities did not hand him over to the police for prosecution.
It was gathered from a witness that the dismissed soldier abducted the five-year-old boy, identified only as Muhammad, last week.
Sources said the gang had reached bent the oldsters , who agreed to return with a ransom of N5 million.
It was learnt that after the cash was paid, Muhammad was still killed because he reportedly recognised the dismissed soldier, Sani, who took him away to the abductors .
The incident was shared on Twitter by a witness, Olusegun Ogunyemi, who narrated that the dismissed soldier and therefore the refore the boy’s family were neighbours and the boy was killed because he recognised Sani.
He said, “Face of evil…Galadima, who kidnapped and killed his neighbours son after collecting N5 million ransom. No more under the military , he was booted out of the service way back consistent with findings. The the small boy named Muhammad was reportedly kidnapped last week by his neighbour. His parents paid N5 million, but he was still killed because he recognised the neighbour that took him to the abductors . Please be very careful. There are evil and dangerous people out there.”
“He isn’t a serving army personnel, he’s not a senior officer, but on the opposite rank. He was sent out of service for heist some years back,” a commentator replied.
“Point of correction, he was a noncommissioned officer . ‘One rope’ by army standard, he’s not even ranked but ‘appointed’ note; this is often one among those rogues in uniform that make Nigerians think that army officers have a hand in insecurities in Nigeria,” another said.
“Nigeria may be a crime scene. The culture and religions encourage crime. How can a person be released from the military for heist to the civilian world without sending him to jail? Forgiving criminals of their evil art without consequences breeds a society filled with criminals,” another commentator lamented.
“Sent out of the military for robbery and he wasn’t jailed. They made it possible for him to kill that child,” another Nigerian wrote.
“Point of correction. He was a dismissed army personnel, not a serving military officer . The incident happened in my community,” another commentator, Rilwanu Abubakar, said.
The Director, Army PR , Brig Gen Mohammed Yerima, couldn’t be reached for comments on when the soldier was dismissed, and why he wasn’t handed over to the police for trial.
Calls made to his line on Monday and Tuesday weren’t answered and a message sent to his line had yet to be replied to as of the time of filing this report.