CITY NEWS Dis­missed prison war­den al­legedly steals box­ers, choco­lates Kid­nap­ping: ‘Par­ent should warn their chil­dren against tak­ing gifts’

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Taiwo Adeniyi By Nana Ya­haya

The po­lice in Gwar­inpa have ar­rested a dis­missed prison war­den for al­legedly steal­ing two pair of box­ers and choco­lates from a pop­u­lar store on Third Av­enue.

Po­lice sources said seven phones were among items re­cov­ered from the sus­pect and his ac­com­plice.

A source said the man­ager of the store which runs a 24/7 ser­vice re­ported the sus­pects at the po­lice sta­tion at about 12:00a.m. on Wed­nes­day.

The Gwar­inpa Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer, CSP Nu­rud­deen Sabo con­firmed the in­ci­dent.

He said, “Kyari Ab­dul­lahi and Abubakar Adamu all of Wuse Zone 4 stole the fol­low­ing items in­side the su­per mar­ket: two box­ers, four choco­lates, two fancy pens and shoe pol­ish.”

He said dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion seven phones were “re­cov­ered in­side the trousers of Kyari Ab­dul­lahi, a dis­missed prison war­den.”

Sabo said pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the said phones were sus­pected to have been stolen items from some vic­tims. The Mus­lim Com­mu­nity Cen­tre (MCC), Abuja has urged par­ents to cau­tioned their chil­dren against ac­cept­ing gifts from strangers and peo­ple with sus­pi­cious char­ac­ters in or­der to avoid be­ing kid­napped.

The MCC’s Gov­ern­ing Board Chair­man, Se­na­tor Us­man Umar, said this on Tues­day at the eighth Speech and Prize Giv­ing Day cer­e­mony of Fou’ad Lababidi Nurs­ery and Pri­mary School, Abuja. He also said chil­dren should be ad­vised to al­ways re­port any strange and bad be­hav­iours they no­tice in their fam­ily mem­bers.

“We should nei­ther ig­nore nor take lightly the grow­ing lev­els of crimes such as kid­nap­ping and var­i­ous child abuses. Par­ents are there­fore im­plored to as­sist us in sen­si­tis­ing your chil­dren in ad­di­tion to what the school does. “You are thus ad­vised to warn your chil­dren against tak­ing gifts from adults of un­cer­ti­fied or sus­pi­cious char­ac­ter even if they are close friends or one’s fam­ily mem­bers,’’ he said.

While speak­ing about the school, the chair­man said the board had come up with a pol­icy which al­lows pupils from the pri­mary level of the institution to be ab­sorbed into its se­condary school with­out pur­chas­ing ad­mis­sion forms or sit­ting for en­trance ex­am­i­na­tions.

Ear­lier in her wel­come ad­dress, the Head Teacher of the school, Mrs Rakiya Ba­malli said the school had achieved progress within the few years of its es­tab­lish­ment.

Mrs Ba­malli said the school was al­ready work­ing on a stan­dard state of the art li­brary to en­rich read­ing and writ­ing skills of its pupils.

But she listed late pay­ment of school fees, lack of co­op­er­a­tion on school’s ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties by some par­ents, pupils’ im­proper dress­ing to the school and late­ness to the school as some of the chal­lenges fac­ing the school.

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