Crime Watch

Police apprehend kidnapper while withdrawing ransom money

The Ondo State Police command have arrested the suspected kidnapper of a six-year-old girl in Akure, the state capital.

It was learnt that the suspect abducted the girl from a Toyota Corolla where her mother left her at Lafe Area, Akure, to go and shop for groceries for the family.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, said he was arrested while trying to withdraw part of the money he received as ransom.

While briefing journalists on Saturday, January 7th, the police spokesperson said the kidnap suspect had demanded N50 million from the girl’s family for her release.

She added that the victim’s mother, Mrs Chukwu-Ezedima, consequently reported the kidnapping to the police on December 21, 2022, at 9.00p.m.

Odunlami-Omisanya, who did not disclose if the ransom was paid in full, revealed that the suspect was nabbed on December 31, 2022 at a POS stand while trying to withdraw part of the money.

She added; “During interrogation, the suspect confessed to the commission of the offence, while the victim was rescued unhurt. The suspect will soon be arraigned in court”.

In similar news, the Kwara state police command has arrested a boy named Issa Naigheti for allegedly kidnapping his father and demanding ransom.

The State police spokesperson, Ajayi Okasanmi, made the disclosure on Friday, January 6 as he said the suspect collected N2.5million to release his father.

According to Okasanmi, Naigheti was arrested around Kambi area of Ilorin, and he confessed during interrogation that he conspired with two other persons to kidnap his father.

The spokesman added that police operatives attached to the anti-kidnapping team of the Kwara police command arrested the suspect while on the trail of suspected kidnappers.

Okasanmi further told journalists that efforts were ongoing to arrest his other accomplices who are currently on the run.

The PPRO said; “Members of the Command’s Anti-kidnapping Team arrested one Issa Naigheti “m” on 4/1/2023 around Kambi area of Ilorin while on the trail of suspected kidnappers.

He confessed under interrogation to having conspired with two others to kidnap his father, one Bature Naigboho “m,” in Igboho/Igbeti area of Oyo State, and the sum of #2.5 million was collected as ransom.

Efforts are ongoing to arrest his other accomplices, and the case would be transferred to Oyo State, the venue of the crime. The Commissioner of Police reiterated his commitment to providing a secure environment for the peaceful conduct of the 2023 elections.”