By Evelyn Usman
The Police in Lagos have arrested a 21-year-old man who masquerades as hired assassin to extort money from his victims, even as they declared the leader of the syndicate who is on the run wanted.
The suspect, Gbadebo Ahmed, was arrested in Gowon Estate area of Egbeda as he was about collecting the balance of N50,000 from a victim he and his cohorts were purportedly paid to kill but decided to spare his life.
Parading Gbadebo before newsmen yesterday, the command spokesman, Mr Frank Mba , explained that one Mr James Ohalezi received a text message on his mobile phone, where the unidentified person claimed he had been paid to eliminate him. The text further stated that the victimâ€™s life could be spared if he could part with the sum of N300,000.
The frightened receiver was said to have immediately moved from his apartment with other members of his family following several calls and text messages which showed he was being trailed.
The victim who was also present at the Oduduwa office of the command spokesman said he paid the sum of N130,000 first, an amount he was instructed to give to his driver to drop in front of Gowon Estate gate.
â€œImmediately my driver dropped the money, I received a call informing me that the money was not complete and that if I do not complete it they would kill every member of my family. My wife had to borrow the sum of N120,000 which was again given to the driver to drop at the same spot, with a stern warning for us not to invite the police or any security agency,â€ stated Mr Ohalezi..
Not yet satisfied, the caller, he said, gave an ultimatum for the balance of N50,000 to be paid , following which he resolved to inform the police.
Operatives from Anti-Vice squad of the command, reportedly swung into action, resulting in the arrest of Gbadebo as he was about picking the envelop in which was the balance of N50,000.
Surprisingly, during preliminary investigation, it was discovered that the mastermind of the whole plan, was no other than Mr Ohaleziâ€™s church member, one Testimony Tope Olofiloye, who is currently on the run.