9th September, 2011
Two kidnap suspects arrested by the police in Osogbo have explained roles played in their bid to extort money from their victims.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, one of them, Peter Tominie, said his duty was usually to collect ransom money for the gang at designated points.
According to the other suspect, Damilola Fawole, he normally hosts the gang because he is a native of Osogbo.
Tominie, who claims to come from Delta, described his arrest as unfortunate, stressing that he had never been intercepted by the police before.
In the same vein, Fawole told NAN that he usually provided accommodation for any of his friends from Delta having been a sojourner there before.
Detectives on Tuesday arrested two members of a six-man gang of kidnappers following a tip-off by a resident in Inisha, Odo-Otin Local Government Area of the state.
Tominie and Fawole were arrested for allegedly kidnapping a 70-year old woman, Mrs Victoria Babatunde, in her shop at Inisha.
Speaking on the issue, Mr. Adeyemi Gbola, the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Criminal Investigation Department, recalled that the woman had since been rescued by the police and handed over to her family.
Gbola said the suspects had initially demanded N5 million as ransom but after negotiation, they agreed to collect N800,000.
The ACP said the police traced one of the suspects to 57, Airport Road, Warri and the other to Zone 8, Unity Street, Osogbo during their arrest.
He said the suspects would remain in police custody to help in the course of investigating the whereabouts of other members of the gang.