In the first such incident of its kind, a middle-aged man, identified as Mallam Yusuf Bala, left his son with a trader in the marker in exchange for a bag of rice. According to an eyewitness account, Bala approached the rice dealer, Alhaji Suleiman Bagudu, to buy a bag of rice, which he carried home but left his son behind, with a promise to rush home to bring the money for the foodstuff.
This, he said, was because the money Bala had on him was not enough to pay for the bag of rice, which sold for N14,000 per 50kg bag. However, six hours afterwards, Bala failed to show up as promised to settle the rice dealer and collect his son, making the trader, Alhaji Bagudu, suspicious.
Consequently, Alhaji Bagudu decided to interrogate the toddler, who then innocently led the rice dealer to their home, located at the abattoir area of Koki in Dala Local Government Area of the state. Despite expressing embarrassment when the rice dealer arrived his home, alongside his child, Bala openly confessed that he was financially handicapped, hence his unbecoming conduct by abandoning his son as a last resort.
Shortly after listening to Bala’s explanation, the rice dealer donated the bag of rice to him and handed over the boy to his father. Kano State Police Command spokesman Musa Majia, said the incident had not been reported to him.