Chigozie Egegonye, 27, is now telling officials of the Lagos State Police Command how he plotted the kidnap of his alleged stingy sister simply identified as Francisca.
Reports say Chigozie explained to his childhood friend Oluchukwu that his sister is stingy despite her wealth and both of them plotted to have her kidnapped in order to get money from her.
The pair then swung into action when Oluchukwu sent a scary text to Francisca, ordering her to pay the sum of N300,000 or risk being kidnapped while also issuing a 12-hour ultimatum.
Francisca according to reports put a call through to Oluchukwu begging him that she could only afford N50, 000 and when the ultimatum elapsed, Francisca and her four kids were kidnapped from their home on Mayowa Street, Ago-Palace Way, Okota, Lagos and have been declared missing since April 2016.
Following the disappearance of his wife and four kids, Francisca’s husband lodged a report at the State Department of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, and a manhunt for the kidnappers was launched.
According to a police source, Francisca’s brother, Chigozie was alleged to be behind the plan to kidnap her sister and her four kids.
“Chigozie (Egegonye) and Michael (Oluchukwu) are childhood friends. After losing contact, they reunited in Jakande Estate, Isolo, where Michael had his workshop.
“On April 13, 2016, Chigozie went to Michael’s shop and told him he had a sister who was so stingy that each time he demanded money from her, she wouldn’t give him. He asked him to send a threat message to her on the phone.
“They told the woman how she normally took her children to school every day. They said she should pay N300,000 within 12 hours or risk being eliminated together with her four children.”
According to a source, Francisca went missing on the day the ultimate for her to pay N300,000 expired as her husband came home to the absence of his wife and four kids.
“The man got home on that day and discovered that his wife and the children were missing, including his two cars. He found the house scattered and all the luggage of the wife and children taken away.
“The man said he received a text message from his wife detailing the death threat she received. He said he called his in-laws to tell them he had not seen his wife and the children and they told him to go and find her. All of them thought he masterminded the kidnap of his wife and children”.
But Chigozie denied kidnapping his sister when questioned by the police, claiming that she left home after a fight with her husband.
“My sister and her husband are rich, but they always quarrel in the house. She had wanted to quit the marriage, but I begged her. My sister fears a lot. I and my friend sent a threat message to her line and she used that opportunity to run away from the house. I blame myself for everything that happened. I am now repentant. I wasn’t praying at home before I came here. Now, I lead the devotion in the cell.”
SP Dolapo Badmos, the state Police Public Relations Officer, who could not comment on the matter said she would make a statement as soon as she is fully briefed.
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