Two suspected kidnappers, Sunday Chukwu and Chidokwe Efide have said that the reason they joined kidnapping is because they couldn’t find a job.
The suspects were arrested by the police for allegedly kidnapping a businesswoman, Maris Ibe, in Delta State.
Sunday Chukwu and Chidokwe Efide were caught, after they had collected a whopping sum of One million Naira ransom to free the victim.
Maris Ibe was kidnapped on January 14, 2021, around Ibori Golf Club, Asaba, the state capital.
After the victim was released, she reported her ordeal to the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed for Investigation and apprehension of the kidnappers.
The IG’s Intelligence Response Team were deployed in Delta State, after which they recovered, three locally-made guns, an axe, 10 unexpended cartridges and a sum of N320,000 from the suspects.
I used to be a farmer and sand miner before I was introduced to kidnapping and armed robbery by two friends called Ali and Muritala, Chukwuka Said.
The 28 year old said, “They showed me their guns and took me to where they kept them. During the lockdown last year, they relocated to their hometown in Kogi State and left the guns behind.
When things became difficult for me as the lockdown continued, I picked up the guns and called one of my friends, Efibe.
“We talked about forming a kidnapping gang. We then trailed a woman (Ibe) driving a nice car to her house and abducted her at the gate of her house.
We took her into the bush. The woman called her husband and we demanded N500,000.
“She told her husband to increase the ransom to N1m and warned him not to involve the police. We became friendly with her. We neither beat her nor blindfold her. I collected the money from her salesgirl who brought it. I got N500,000 as my share of ransom and it is still in my back account. I wanted to rent an apartment with it. I was arrested three days after the operation. I have given my life to Christ and I want to turn a new leaf.”