The Lagos police command has arrested two suspected kidnappers, a father and son, over a Lagos-based man, Mathew Isichei Chukwuebuka, who found himself in Ibadan after answering a call from an unknown number.
The victim told the Lagos State Police Command that his last memory is that of answering a call, without knowledge of his journey to Ibadan from Lagos. Mathew said upon his arrival, he was given a concoction from a black pot to eat, causing him to lose his senses.
The two suspected kidnappers, Thoa Akorede and Alhaji Muhibudeen Akorede, ordered him to surrender his phone, which was then programmed to reject any incoming calls except that of the line they demanded ransom from.
Chukwuebuka told the police that his abductors took possession of his cash, paraded him to an ATM point where they withdrew the sum of N10,000 from his account.
They demanded a ransom of N30,000,000 to be paid into the victim’s bank account. He was detained in their custody for a period of 9 days without being fed.
The statement from the Police command below;
“On July 4 at about 12:16p.m., operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) followed up a petition referred to the Command by the Force Headquarters Abuja to Ibadan, Oyo State. The operatives acted on credible intelligence with the support of Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU) and arrested two suspects at Ibadan namely; Thoa Akorede and Muhibudeen Akorede.
“The victim, one Mathew Isichei Chukwuebuka; 19, was rescued. The victim has been in their custody for a period of nine days without food. In his statement, the victim stated that he was called through his phone, that he did not know how he got to Ibadan, that on arrival, he was given something from a black pot to eat.
“That he lost his senses and was ordered to surrender his phone to them and the phone was programmed to reject any incoming calls except the only line that they were demanding ransom. That they collected all the money in his possession and were demanding for more.
“He was taken to an ATM point where they withdrew the sum of N10, 000 from his account. They demanded the sum of N30 million to be paid into the victim’s bank account as ransom,’’ he said.