Employee Who Collaborated With Gang To Abduct His Bosses Arrested in Benin
By Festus Alenkhe
Three suspected violent kidnappers have been arrested by men of the Edo state police command.
The suspects who have been on the police wanted list were alleged to have engaged in multiple kidnappings in Edo state.
The three suspects identified as Best Abarawe, Jacob Goto and Akpadulaha Yamoh had allegedly attacked several operators of sand excavation firms popularly called ” Burrow Pit” in Benin city, Edo state.
Best Abarawe, a security guard in one of the firms used his relationship with the organization to get first-hand information about the big wig employees.
The said security staff recruited some gunmen to kidnap the owner of the firm where he works.
Standard Gazette crime correspondent Festus Alenkhe gathered that the security guard also took the alleged kidnappers to the company, where they surveyed the environment before kidnapping the manager, Mr Kingsley Osazuwa.
The victim was taken through Ikpoba River on Benin-Agbor road in Edo state to an unknown destination.
The abductors established communication with the family, demanding N10 million.
After severe negotiation, the company parted with N3.5 million to effect his release.
Similarly, on the 20th July 2021, the suspects also stormed another sand excavation firm in Benin city where one Mr Ehikioya was kidnapped.
The victim was also taken through Ikpoba River to an unknown destination where they opened ransom negotiation.
The man was released after the suspects collected an unknown ransom.
Also, on 24th July 2021, the suspects invaded another Burrow pit in Benin city and kidnapped the Director, who was whisked through Ikpe river to a creek in Delta state.
But trouble started after the security guard who gave the kidnapping information felt cheated from the money collected from the victims leading to a fallout.
Abarawe who later escaped to Warri in Delta state was first arrested by men of the Edo state police command’s Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber Crime unit.
He then named other members of the gang who were immediately arrested by detectives.
One of the suspects, Jacob Goto, told Standard Gazette that “I escaped from Prison in October 2020 after the cells were forced open during the ENDSARS violent protest in Benin city.
“I was in the Sapele road prison in Benin city. When I came out, a guy called me that there were some persons in the Burrow pits that had money and said we should kidnap them.
“We monitored them and kidnapped some of them. I was previously imprisoned for kidnapping and armed robbery too”.
Contacted, Edo state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Bello Kontongs assured that the police will arrest other members of the gang now at large.
According to him, “The police in Edo state will not allow kidnappers and other criminals to take over the public space without arrest”.
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