The Nigeria Police Force Intelligence Bureau FIB-IRT has apprehended four accused members of a kidnapping network who abducted the wife of a famous Rivers-based businessman eight months ago.
Mrs Hussana Adamu was on her way to drop her children off at school when she was kidnapped at Casablanca Club, Government Reserved Area, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
They grabbed her out of her car and forced her into their operational vehicle before speeding away, a plume of dust rising behind them.
She was released a week later after a N20 million ransom was paid.
DCP Tunji Disu-led squad detained four individuals based on credible information: Isiaka Hamidu, 30, from Adamawa State; Nwasaneo Goodluck, 34; Victor Nwidee, 29 and
Thank God Bariledun, 36, from Rivers State’s Khana Local Government Area.
During interrogation, the main suspect, Isiaka Hamidu, who sells parrots and peacocks in Port Harcourt, revealed that he encouraged other members of the syndicate to abduct Mrs Adamu.
Before inviting them, he stated that he spent several days gathering information about her, particularly her movements and timing.
He further revealed that he kidnapped the woman to punish his younger brother’s alleged mistreatment by her husband, Musa Ahmad, who is from Maiduguri, Borno state but now lives in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
According to him, “ one of my brothers worked for Alhaji Musa Ahmad, for 11 years. When he left to get married, all Alhaji Ahmad could pay my brother was N250,000.
“ I was not happy with him because everyone knew he was very rich and could afford more than that. I decided to kidnap him or any member of his family
“ I contacted Goodluck, a long-time friend and told him about the situation. He was also angry and bought my kidnap idea .
“ Good luck in turn called leader of the gang , Ojukwu, who mobilized and coordinated the woman’s kidnap, after I showed them her house. But I did not join them for the operation so that no one would recognize me”
He claimed to have received N1.3 million as his portion of the ransom. When asked what he did with the money, he replied, “I used N1 million of it to f*** ashawo” ( commercial sex workers)
For one month, I slept in a hotel and invited prostitutes every night.
I slept with at least two ashawos every night for one month and I gave them N20,000 each.
“I utilized the remaining N300,000 to sow grain in the village,” he explained, claiming that it was his first time engaging in kidnapping.
Goodluck, an Abia State Polytechnic Aba Higher National Diploma holder, admits to collecting N5.5 million from the gang’s commander after the ransom was paid.
Another suspect, ThankGod, stated that he had no idea members of the group were involved in kidnapping.
He stated that he was contacted after the kidnapping to use his vehicle to transport them to a location in the state’s Bori Khana Local Government Area.
“ Leader of the gang told me to take him somewhere in my car. On the way I picked three other friends of his . From there, he directed me to where it was later discovered to be close to the victim’s house, where they kidnapped her and directed me to their hideout . That was when I knew they were kidnappers”
Victor, the fourth suspect, indicated that his function was to watch the victim’s movements and relay them to other members of the gang who were eagerly waiting for the right time to attack.
He further admitted to receiving N500,000 as his portion of the ransom from Goodluck, admitting that he used the money to repair his Toyota Corolla automobile.
Meanwhile, preliminary inquiry indicated that the accused gang leader, Ojukwu, is also the leader of a dangerous cult organization known as Dem-Bam in the Khann area, and has been on the Police wanted list.
The suspects’ vehicles included a minibus, a Toyota Avensis with tinted windows, and a Toyota Corolla.
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