Seven years to the day that a Bradford man went missing, two men have been arrested in connection with his possible murder, as his wife asks for an end to her ‘nightmare’.
Sajid Saddique has not been seen since leaving his home, in Allerton, Bradford, on Valentine’s Day in 2007, travelling to a business meeting in Shipley.
Since then, a number of police investigations have taken place under a missing person’s inquiry yet new evidence found last week suggests that Mr Saddique was murdered.
A 62-year-old man from Bradford, and a 45-year-old man from Halifax, were arrested earlier this week on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and are currently in custody.
Mr Saddique’s wife, Asma, spoke to the Asian Express about how her life has not been the same since her husband went missing and how she now hopes her ordeal is coming to an end.
She said: “We need closure and I hope this is it now. It has been an awful long time and a nightmare to live through.
“Something terrible has happened and someone is responsible for doing that to him – that’s what I have believed from day one and it is what I have said over the years.
“In my heart it feels like there is no hope because this person is gone.”
Mrs Saddique and her husband had been married for eight years and have three children together, aged seven, eight and 13.
It was during a routine business trip that Mr Saddique went missing and his wife recalls how she knew something ‘wasn’t right’ when he failed to pick up his daughter for nursery.
“I can remember the day quite clearly,” she explained. “His phone was switched off, I kept calling him and I couldn’t get through and I think at that point I knew something was wrong because his phone was never switched off.”
She added that the disappearance of her husband was also particularly hard for her eldest daughter, now 13, to deal with.
“She still remembers him,” Mrs Saddique said. “It has been extremely difficult for her.
“Recently she has started to finally open up a bit and be more confident at school but I just don’t want this news of the murder inquiry to take her back to where she was seven years ago.
“It has been horrible ever since that day and I just want an end to it all now.”
Following the obtainment of this latest information, police are once again appealing for help from anybody who may have information about what happened to Mr Saddique on 14th February 2007.
West Yorkshire Detective Inspector Steve Snow, who is leading the investigation, said: “There has been a constant review of the evidence surrounding Sajid’s final movements…and now new information has come to the attention of the inquiry team, which sadly suggests he was murdered.
“Sajid was last seen in the car park of the Asda supermarket in Manor Road Shipley, at around 10.20am on 14th February 2007.
“Do you remember being in the area around that time or do you remember seeing anything suspicious? Do you remember seeing Sajid, or his car or a person with that car in the car park?
“He also had a very distinctive, diamond-encrusted Cartier watch. Do you know anyone who currently has a watch like this, or who previously had one in their possession?
“We realise that seven years ago is a long time, and it’s been an even longer time for Sajid’s family who have lost a father, a husband and a brother.
“But regardless of how long this investigation lasts, we are committed to establishing the truth of what happened to Sajid, so that we can help to give his family some closure.
“If you have information which would help the investigation, please call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”