A 37-year-old Liberia national has disappeared in a very suspicious manner in Benin city, Edo state Nigeria.
The Liberian identified as Jethro Mulbah arrived in Nigeria in 2018 and has been in Benin city in search of greener pastures.
Mr Mulbah lived with some of his Nigerian friends in Iguosagie community near Benin City, according to police report.
Police launched an investigation in 2019 after Mubah suddenly disappeared.
But a few months later, the mother of the young man in Liberia got a call from a Nigerian asking her to pay the sum of N200,000 as a ransom to effect his release.
The suspect sent her a picture of her son to convince her that Mulbah was with them.
The mother immediately left Liberia for Nigeria to drop the ransom as instructed but was later advised to inform the Nigeria police before parting with the money.
Men of the Anti kidnapping and Cybercrime Unit of the Edo state police command immediately swung into action.
The two suspects who demanded the ransom were tracked and arrested in Iguosagie community.
The names of the two suspects were given as Joseph Demekar and Samson Obote.
They were alleged to have told the mother of the victim that he was in their custody and they need N200,000 to release him.
In the words of the suspects “Madam send us money to free your son. He is with us and he has run mad”
In an interview with Standard Gazette crime correspondent Festus Alenkhe, the mother of the victim who was spotted in Benin city, Mrs Mubah appealed to the police to help rescue her son unhurt.
Contacted, Edo state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chidi Nwabuzor said: “We received the complaint via a petition dated 29 December 2020 and addressed to the commissioner of police over the missing Liberian, the police commissioner ordered a full-scale investigation into the matter”.
The Police Public Relations Officer confirmed the arrest of two suspects in connection with the missing man.
As at press time 11 PM on 22 January 2020, the said Liberian Jethro Mubah is yet to be found as the two suspects have not been able to tell the police the whereabouts of the young Liberian.
How soon will the said Jethro Mubah be found? No one can tell for now.