Po­lice ar­rest 4 kid­nap­per/rapists, kill 1 in Edo

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

The po­lice in Edo State have ar­rested four per­sons that al­legedly spe­cialised in kid­nap­ping women and rap­ing them.

The sus­pects are Ikechukwu Em­manuel, 25; Fred Ihaza, 25; God­spower Ezem­ina, 28 and Fri­day Oko, 28.

The sus­pects were pa­raded along­side six other sus­pected crim­i­nals ar­rested for cultism and rob­bery by the Deputy Com­mis­sioner Po­lice, Dan­juma Muhammed Lawal, on be­half of the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Ba­batunde John­son Kokumo.

He said the sus­pects were ar­rested on Septem­ber 9, fol­low­ing a tip off and that the po­lice suc­cess­fully res­cued three vic­tims from them.

He said the al­leged cultists were ar­rested at Up­per Sakpoba road, adding that one of them was killed dur­ing a gun bat­tle with the po­lice.

Speak­ing with jour­nal­ists, one of the sus­pects, Fri­day Ihaza, a bus driver, said his duty was to carry the vic­tim to their hide­out.

“We suc­ceeded in kid­nap­ping three ladies. The money I was given was N40,000 but after our ar­rest, I am now hear­ing that the vic­tims paid N500,000, N300,000 and N200,000 re­spec­tively.

“God­spower was the one that col­lected the ran­som but he told us that only N100,000 was paid not know­ing that the money was more than that,” he said.

He told jour­nal­ists that he joined the group to raise money to take his mother to hospi­tal and that when he was not get­ting the money he de­cided to quit, adding that he was work­ing with his ve­hi­cle when po­lice ar­rested him after God­spower was ar­rested.

On his part, Fred Oko, who is said to be in charge of lur­ing their vic­tims, said he raped them.

“We kid­napped three women but I only raped one. I joined the group when my fa­ther was sick and I needed money to take him to hospi­tal for treat­ment. So when my friend called me that he had a job that we can do to get money, I joined them to raise the money.

“We picked the girls as pas­sen­gers and took them to our hide­out but at the end I was given N25,000. It was when po­lice ar­rested us that I got to know that they paid N500,000. God­spower that col­lected the money said it was N100,000 that was paid as ran­som,” he said.

God­spower on his part de­nied re­ceiv­ing N1 mil­lion as ran­som from their vic­tims but said he in­dulged in kid­nap­ping to get money for his busi­ness.

“You know in a group there are lead­ers and when some­thing comes out, some will get more than the oth­ers,” he said.

The po­lice said the sus­pects would be charged to court as.

The sus­pects

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