The Nigerian Police has arrested a man identified as Adetokunbo Adenopo for allegedly abducting a delivery boy, Jonathan Ekpo, in order to obtain ransom for Sallah celebration.
The 52-year-old allegedly carried out the act with his gang members, Chigozie William, 22; Linus Ugorji, 30; and Emmanuel Chris in Ogun State.
The victim who was rescued by Police said he was kidnap after he (Ekpo) had gone to deliver a package to Adenopo in Sagamu.
Ekpo who spoke to journalist described how the four men tied him up, anaesthetised him and kept him in an underground room until he was rescued by the police.
“When I regained consciousness, I found my hands tied and my mouth and eyes covered up. They later removed the gag in my mouth and the mask on my face; they fed me with beans, garri and fufu so that I won’t have to go to the toilet,” the victim narrated.
The prime suspect, Adenopo, who claimed to be a former pastor said he planned to use the ransom from the failed abduction to buy rams, rice and garri, which he intended to share to the poor in his community.
He said, “A few weeks ago, we were short of funds and the idea of doing something during the Ileya (Sallah) came up because I don’t discriminate against any religion, so we planned to get some bags of beans, garri and ram and share to people.”
“That was why we came up with the idea of getting money from rich companies and use it to buy those items to start the project.”
The suspects were all paraded in Abuja on Wednesday.