By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
At least six suspected kidnappers, which include two brothers, two middle age ladies, an undergraduate student and one other have been nabbed in Lagos by police operatives.
They were said to have been arrested by police operatives attached to Lagos State Police Command over the alleged role played in the kidnapping of two businessmen and threat to life of a Catholic Reverend sister.
The suspects, who were said to have demanded various sum of money from their victims ,had also threatened to kill them if they failed to provide the money on time.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command Edgal Imohimi who made the revelation during a press briefing Monday, identified the suspects as Afolabi Ifeoluwa Ayodeji, an undergraduate student of a University in Benin Republic, Gbagudi Marusi , a native of Benin Republic, Eze Douglas Uchenna, Vincent Uchenna, Ngozi Nnabude and Uchenna Agagwaonye.
He said they were apprehended over three seperate kidnapping activities.
According to Edgal, the two brothers Douglas Uchenna and Vincent Uchenna were arrested over the kidnapping of one Alvin Onuoha on the 6th April 2018 at about 5.20pm on getting to the front of his gate while returning from work.
He disclosed that the victim was kidnapped under gun point by a six man gang that operated in a Toyota Camry car and a motorcycle to an unknown destination.
The police boss said the two brothers were however arrested on the same day as they were about to collect the N200,000.00 ransom for the release of the victim.
“During interrogation, the mastermind of the kidnapping, Eze Douglas Uchenna confessed to have stayed with the victim in the same house. He stated further that the sum Thirty Thousand Dollars was what the gang initially demanded as ransom for the release of the victim before deducing it to Two Hundred Thousand (N200,000.00)”, Edgal stated.
Commenting on the involvement of Afolabi Ayodeji, a student of International Relations in Escare Benin Universiry, Benin Republic, the police commissioner said he was apprehended along with Gbagudi Marusi, a citizen of Republic of Benin in the process of kidnapping one Mr. Innocent Ikhigbenareme.
He hinted that they had threatened the victim via a strange foreign number + 14236070207 to pay the sum of N600,000.00 as ransom or pay with his life.
Following complaint at the command’s anti- kidnapping unit, which swung into action, Edgal said Ayodeji was arrested at Idi-Iroko on 7th April 2018 and also lured Gbagudi from Benin Republic to the same location the following day where he was also arrested.
In the case of the ladies identified as Ngozi Nnabude and Uchenna Agagwaonye, the police commissioner said they had conspired and threatened to kidnap and kill the reverend sister over her high handedness.
The offence of the Catholic nun, named Rev. Mary Okolo, the head teacher at Handmaids International Catholic School, Aguda Surulere Lagos, according to the suspects was that she has continued to frustrate Uchenna who is also a teacher in the school.
” So she decided to make life miserable for the Catholic Nun by engaging her sister Ngozi Nnabude a woman with an outstanding knowlegde of the computer and telephony.
They conspired to put the Nun under constant fear and apprehension of imminent danger. When the threat to maim, kidnap,kill and expose her unfounded secret sex life was unabating, the Rev. sister reported the matter to the command’s Anti- Kidnapping Unit.
The intelligence component of the command was directed to unmask those threatening the Nun. The intelligence generated revealed that Uchenna Agagwaonye’s job was to monitor Rev. sister Okolo and pass information gathered to her sister Ngozi of No 40 Martins street. ijesha, who now calls on the Rev sister and tells her” I can see you, you are putting on this and that type of cloth and shoes, you are in so so place, you cannot hide from us, you will be killed soon”, the police boss stated.