Monday, 30 January 2017

''I Kidnapped My Oga's Son Because He Refused To Settle Me"Suspect

A 20-year-old suspect, Blessing Emmanuel, said

on Monday in Lagos that he kidnapped his boss'

son for not settling him after apprenticeship.

Chinobi Sabestine and Emmanuel were arrested

by the police for allegedly abducting a 10-year-

old boy.

It was reported that the suspects were

apprehended in a bank in the Oyingbo area of

the state as they were about withdrawing the

ransom paid by the boy's family into an


Emmanuel, who claimed to be a trader at the

Mandilas Market, Lagos Island, claimed that he

abducted the 10-year-old in the Alafia area of

Orile-Iganmu, on his way to school, as a way of

paying his master back for refusing to settle

him after working for him for four years.

"I started staying with my Oga in 2013.

He took me from my parents to stay with

him so that I could learn how to sell

clothes. In the agreement he had with

my parents before he took me, he

promised to set me up after four years.

"In 2016, he was supposed to help me

start my own business; but instead, he

opened another shop and asked me to

be paying him N20,000 monthly.

"I could not cope because of the

recession in the country, so I asked him

to pay me as agreed, but he refused.

Rather, he sent me back to the village.

"I came back early January and I stayed

in a hotel. It was there that the idea of

kidnapping his son came to me. Last

week Monday, around 7am, I laid in

ambush along the route where his son

normally passed to school in the Alafia

area of Orile.

"The boy emerged around 7.45am. He

came to me when I called him and I took

him away," the suspect said.

The suspect further explained that he kept the

young boy in his hotel room for four days, until

he was arrested on Apapa Road.

"Throughout the four days, the boy

stayed with me in my hotel room at

Oyingbo. I called my Oga on the

telephone the next day to pay N5m into

my account if he hoped to see his son

again. I sent him my account number.

"I was on my way to collect my ATM

card from the bank on Apapa Road when

I was arrested. I never knew that the

police were on my trail," he added.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, while

briefing newsmen on the arrest, said the

suspect, along with one other, kidnapped the

10-year-old boy.

He said after kidnapping their victim, the

suspects demanded N5m as ransom to release

the boy.

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