Two suspects that specialise in threatening businessmen through telephone calls with kidnapping or have them pay ransom have been arrested by men of the Anti Kidnapping And Cybercrime Unit of the Edo state police command.
The suspects were arrested through high technical intelligence in Edo state's Ewohimi, Esan South East local government area.
The suspects who were identified as Dennis Aimiebenomon and Obeahon Odion, specialise in calling businessmen on the telephone asking for ransom or have them kidnapped and murdered.
Standard Gazette gathered that they had called a businessman in Benin city where they allegedly requested for N5 million or go after him and his family for kidnapping.
They had severely threatened the businessman forcing the man and his family to relocate from Benin city.
The persistent threats moved the man to report to the police, who went after the suspects.
The two suspects were arrested in Ewohimi by men of the Edo state police command's Anti Kidnapping And Cybercrime Unit.
One of the suspects, Dennis Aimiebenomon, told SG that, "I really don't know what came over me. This man we threatened is my friend, and he has been supporting me.
I was the one that brought his phone number to my friend, Obeahon, where we called and threatened him. He paid us N200,000 through a point of sales( POS) bank account. We collected the money and shared it, but l then continued with the threats".
The victim, who thanked the police for a job well done, said, "I was shocked when my phone rang, and the caller said he would kidnap my mother and me or we pay money.
"I got scared as l sent him N50,000 first and another N200,000. I was surprised that he went on with the threats even after l sent him money. I have to report to the police who now tracked and arrested them".
The Edo state police public Relations officer SP Bello Kontongs told standard Gazette crime correspondent Festus Alenkhe that the two suspects would be thoroughly investigated and charged to court soon.
According to the Edo state police public relations officer, "we want to see if the two suspects with us have other collaborators in this crime".©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.