- One of the suspects escaped
- The three suspects confirmed they are from the northern parts of Nigeria
Three suspects alleged to be violent kidnappers have been smashed by men of the Edo state police command.
The suspects were arrested in Ohorsu on the Benin-Lagos Road in Ovia, North-East local government area of Edo state, after series of operations.
The three suspects, Abubakar Mohammed, Ciroma Ibrahim and Haruna Abubakar, allegedly barricaded Ohorsu road on the Benin-Lagos Road, where they usually kidnap anyone in sight.
The report revealed that a businessman, Mr Idu Idugbeni, travelling along Ohorsu road, was attacked and kidnapped by the suspects.
The victim was then forced into the forest, where he spent two nights.
The suspects then engaged the family members in ransom negotiation, and the victim was released after a ransom was collected.
Similarly, the suspects attacked and robbed another trader on the same route. Mobile phones, cash and other personal items were carted away by the suspects.
One of the victims said told Standard Gazette, “I was driving on Ohorsu road and suddenly saw four armed men. They hijacked me and forced me into the bush with dangerous weapons until my family paid a ransom for my release”.
In an interview with Standard Gazette crime correspondent Festus Alenkhe, the three suspects stated that “we were four that stayed on the road to kidnap people, but one of us escaped”.
“I am from Kwara state while my other colleagues are from kano. We are here in Ohorsu for minor jobs but got information that we can get money in Kidnapping”.
Edo State Police Public Relations Officer SP Bello Kontongs said the state would continue to remain uncomfortable for criminals to operate.