Edo State, where criminals strategies to outsmart law enforcement officers, the police struggle with tactics to catch up with the daredevils.
Barely 48 hours after some kidnappers abducted and killed a Parish priest, the Police said a 25-year-old suspected kidnapper had been arrested.
The suspect, Amos Edos Osamudiamen, has been on the Police wanted list since 2021.
Amos allegedly belongs to a four-person gang of suspected kidnappers terrorising Benin City and environs.
The group targets expensive car owners, and their victims are usually abducted in their vehicles.
Amos and his group abducted a couple at Isiohor on Benin-Lagos Road, using their ATM card to withdraw a large sum of money from their victim's account.
The same group attacked another victim at his residence in Ugbowo and abducted him in his Toyota Corolla car.
The kidnappers forced him to call his family after demanding for N5 million ransom.
It was gathered that Amos and other members of his group, now at large, ordered the ransom to be transferred into a bank account for easy withdrawal.
According to the findings, they provided a bank account belonging to a POS operator at Ugbowo in Benin City, and the victim's family deposited N1.5 million.
Amos disclosed to the Police how he started his kidnapping business and said his friend "lured me into Kidnapping. He called me to join them for the operation because I begged him to help me with money. I regret it now."
The POS operator, whose bank account was used for the heinous crime, said, "I really did not know that the suspect engaged in Kidnapping operation but only approached me for a genuine transaction which I obliged. I gave him my account number because he told me that he was expecting money from his brother."
The Police are to use the POS operator as a prosecuting witness when the suspect is charged in court with armed robbery and Kidnapping.©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.