Members of a kidnap syndicate that kidnapped and murdered a youth corps member, Sampson Worlu, serving in Imo State, are currently cooling their feet in the den of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) awaiting transfer to the court for prosecution.
The suspects, who are relatives of the victim, have been detailed to appear before the court this week.
The kidnap gang, the number of whose membership was yet to be known as at press time, kidnapped Worlu, a lawyer on December 12, 2015 and demanded for a ransom of N5 million which was later negotiated to N1 million by Worlu’s family members.
But after payment of N1 million, the corps lawyer was still murdered by the hoodlums, who said he was murdered because he knew them and would report them to the security agencies.
Members of the kidnap syndicate that are in the DSS den include Peace Gift Aluruchi-Amadi (female) Chijioke Wisdom Ndubuisi, Chinedu Alozie Wilfred and Jumbo Igwe Chikezie.
Investigations however, revealed that the suspects are relations and neighbours of the victim who organized the kidnap to extort money from the family members in Obior/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
It was learnt that the corps lawyer was kidnapped on December 12, 2015 along the way to Imo State.
Elder brother of the victim, Charles Worlu, said his brother was called to Bar in October 2015 and was posted to Imo from Rivers State for his youth service.
According to him, he resumed at the orientation camp but took ill, adding that after the treatment, he decided to resume service when he was kidnapped by the hoodlums on the way to Imo State.
He told journalists that surprisingly he received a call from him on December 13 that he had been kidnapped on the way back to his place of primary assignment.
He said, “We requested to talk to his abductors. They confirmed that they kidnapped him and demanded for five million as ransom from the family. We began to negotiate with them but we were able to raise N1 million in two installments. We called them and they directed us to where we should drop the money.
“After the payment and confirmation of collection, they directed us to several places to pick our brother. But after waiting for several hours without seeing him, we went back home. At one point, we waited from 6pm to 4am and having got frustrated we left and reported to the Department of State Security Service who now mobilized and tracked them down.”
One of the suspects, Ndubuisi said, “I was the person that led the kidnap, but I was not the one that killed him. The main person that killed him is not here with us, we are many in the gang.”
The hoodlums, who reportedly confessed to have committed the crime, said they decided to kill him because he knew them very well and would report them if he was left alive. He said they killed him and buried him in a shallow grave which they showed to the DSS.