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Guard gave us clue to kidnap businessman –Suspect

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Guard gave us clue to kidnap businessman –Suspect

A suspected kidnapper, Emmanuel Izuchukwu, yesterday said a security guard employed by an Aba-based businessman gave his gang information on how to abduct the man. Izuchukwu spoke while being paraded alongside several other suspected criminals at the Abia State Police Command Headquarters on Bende Road, Umuahia. The suspect said he formed a gang which specialised in kidnapping after the first attempt was successful. He said the security attached to the businessman came to him to complain of “the poor treatment the man gives him”.

 

“He told us that the man does not pay him well and he is looking for a way to get at him. So we arranged to kidnap him for ransom. It was the man he employed as his security guard that gave us the information,” Izuchukwu said.

 

The suspect said the security guard gave the information on the man’s schedule, so they were able to monitor him until the fateful day when he fell into their trap. He said they collected a ransom of N5 million which they shared. Izuchukwu also said that before the businessman’s kidnap, he had been involved in the abduction and sales of children.

 

The suspect said he did that in collaboration with a young girl who conducted the children in the school bus. He said among the toddlers kidnapped and sold were some who were old enough to be sent to buy biscuit. Izuchukwu said they had sold several children before he stopped.

 

He said: “When I got married and had my own child; it touched me so I stopped doing such things to others’ children.” One of Izuchukwu’s accomplices, Ikechukwu Ajaegbu, said he was given N500,000 from the N5 million ransom collected from the businessman. Ajaegbu, a barber, said the plan was hatched in his shop where the group usually meets to discuss or share their problem.

 

On the side line of the parade, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Michael Ogbizi, handed over to the new Commissioner, Mr Chris Ezike.

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