June 2, 2023

Police arrest 2 kidnap suspects in Edo

Police arrest 2 kidnap suspects in Edo

The Edo State Police Command revealed it arrested two persons who allegedly kidnapped a victim identified as Albert Igbinomwanhia, 31, in Benin City.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Chidi Nwabuzor, disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing newsmen on the activities of the command.

Nwabuzor, who gave the names of the suspects as Joel Emazor, 31, and Philip Roberts, 30, said they were arrested by the command’s intelligence Rapid Response Squad on March 30 based on credible information.

The suspects, in collaboration with one Ossai and Eguavon, still at large, allegedly held the victim in a hideout for five days.

They reportedly released him after collecting N5.1 million ransom from his parents.

Nwabuzor said the victim, abducted at Igbinedion Avenue, GRA, Benin City, on March 6, was taken to Agbor Road by-pass axis, near Okhuahe River, in a Lexus Jeep RX 330, with registration number RBC 18 DC, and was held hostage inside a borrow pit.

“Subsequently, the kidnappers demanded N14 million ransom from his family members. The victim was released to his family after N5.1 million ransom was paid,” the PPRO said.

According to Nwabuzor, after collecting the money, the suspects continued to call the victim and his parents.

“They continued to threaten that the N14 million must be completed or they would still kidnap the victim,” the PPRO said.

It was on account of the repeated threats that the victim’s family petitioned the Edo State Commissioner of Police.

“The suspects were arrested in their hideout. They have made statements, confessing to the crime. Efforts are ongoing to arrest the remaining suspects, who are at large,” Nwabuzor added.

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