By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”Â STATE Security Service (SSS)Â in Rivers State has paraded a church worker and his girl friend, who were arrested for allegedly being behind the abduction of nine-year-old Ugo Chukwu in Port Harcourt.
State director of the security body, Mr. Basil Eteng, said one of the kidnappers, was the pastor in charge of the children wing of the new generation church on Woji Road, Port Harcourt, that the family of the hostage attends.
He said the lad, who came to church with his parents penultimate Sunday, was in the children wing of the church when he connived with his girl friend, Stella, to whisk him away.
To cover up his track, according to the security boss, heÂ had to leave the child with his girl friend and fled back to continue his homily with the children in church.
She was alleged to have headed with the hostage, first to Imo state, and then to Ekpoma in Edo State .
Eteng explained that while in Ekpoma, the lady in company of other members of the gang of kidnappers, established contact with parents of the hostage, demanding a whopping N5 million.
The SSS director said it was from the calls they were making, demanding for the ransom that the security agency was able to track where they were with the hostage and swooped on them.
Assuring that the SSS would continue to do its best to rid society of bad elements, Eteng said this would largely beÂ possible when members of the public continue to come up with relevant information.
He added that the security agency would also ensure other members of the gang were brought to book.