Two suspects identified as Blessing Emmanuel, 20, and Chinobi Sabestine, 21, have both been nabbed by operatives of the Nigerian Police after they both allegedly kindapped a 10-year-old boy said to be the son of the former boss of one of the suspects.
According to Emmanuel, he masterminded the kidnap of the son of his former boss to teach him a lesson because he failed to settle him financially after working for him as an apprentice for four years.
According to the prime suspect, “the 10-year-old was kidnapped in the Alafia area of Orile-Iganmu, on his way to school, and was held for days as me and my accomplice told my former boss to pay N5 million ransom.
The suspects were however arrested at a bank in the Oyingbo area of the state as they were about withdrawing the ransom paid by the boy’s family into an account.
While being questioned, Emmanuel said; “I started staying with my Oga in 2013. He took me from my parents to stay with him so that I could learn how to sell clothes. In the agreement he had with my parents before he took me, he promised to set me up after four years.
“In 2016, he was supposed to help me start my own business; but instead, he opened another shop and asked me to be paying him N20,000 monthly.
“I could not cope because of the recession in the country, so I asked him to pay me as agreed, but he refused. Rather, he sent me back to the village.
“I came back early January and I stayed in a hotel. It was there that the idea of kidnapping his son came to me. Last week Monday, around 7am, I laid in ambush along the route where his son normally passed to school in the Alafia area of Orile.
“The boy emerged around 7.45am. He came to me when I called him and I took him away,” the suspect added.
Continuing, Emmanuel added that the 10-year-old was held for four days before they were arrested; “Throughout the four days, the boy stayed with me in my hotel room at Oyingbo. I called my Oga on the telephone the next day to pay N5m into my account if he hoped to see his son again. I sent him my account number.
“I was on my way to collect my ATM card from the bank on Apapa Road when I was arrested. I never knew that the police were on my trail,” he added.
Confirming the arrest of the suspects, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, said the suspects who were arrested when they arrived the bank premises to withdraw the N5 million ransom, will soon be prosecuted as soon as investigation into the matter was concluded.
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