A 40 year old kidnapping suspect, identified as Emeka Obi, has been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command.
The suspect was alleged to have kidnapped a 97 year old nonagenarian identified as Pa Iposiola Samaiye. The Police Commissioner of the state, Valentine Ntomchukwu, while parading the suspect on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, revealed that the suspect, Obi, and members of his gang had abducted Pa Samaiye from his Ijebu-Esure home on Thursday, June 11, 2015. He also revealed that the suspect had demanded a ransom of N20 million for the release of their victim.
The Police Commissioner said that members of the state command had tracked the suspect and his partner, identified simply as Prince, to the forest where they held their victim captive. He said however that the second suspect escaped during the apprehension.
He said: “They held the 97-year-old man inside the bush without food for four days. But our men, through tracking between 3am and 5am this morning (Tuesday), were able to arrest them and set the old man free.”
The victim, Pa Samaiye, is currently at a private hospital in Ijebu Ode receiving medical attention. The son of Pa Samaiye, Obafemi, while speaking with newsmen said that he had been able to negotiate the kidnappers N20 million ransom to N10 million at first and later to N1 million.
He said: “The kidnappers first demanded for N20 million, later it was negotiated to N10 million and later N1 million. But we did not pay any ransom before my father was freed by the policemen.”
The Commissioner issued a stern warning to all kidnappers, cultists and criminal-minded individuals to vacate the state adding that they would be found and would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
The suspect, told newsmen when he was being paraded that his accomplice had gone into hiding and that they operated in the Ijebu area.