By Evelyn Usman
LAGOS â€” Seven private drivers have been arrested in connection with the kidnap of a 71-year-old man, last Friday, at the Ikeja GRA, Lagos. Surprisingly, one of them was discovered to be the old manâ€™s personal driver.
The suspects who were paraded at the Oduduwa office of the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, yesterday confessed to have conspired with some other persons to kidnap the old man identified as Mr Adekunle Adebowale.
The principal suspect, one Shola Aluko, who has been driving his boss for about a year, revealed to journalists how he masterminded the kidnap.
According to him, while waiting for his boss who had gone for a meeting at the Country Club, Ikeja penultimate Friday, he told his colleagues who were also waiting for their bosses that he was in dire need of money, following which one of them suggested the kidnap of his master to realise the amount.
With the plan concluded, Aluko reportedly stopped mid way within the GRA, informing his boss that the car had developed a fault. Pretending to be effecting the repairs, members of his gang who had laid ambush, sprang from their hiding and attacked him.
The hoodlums, thereafter, bundled the driver and the unsuspecting old man into the vehicle and sped off to an apartment somewhere in Ebutte Meta area of the state, threatening to harm the old man if he refused to cooperate with them.
Calls were reportedly put through to the captiveâ€™s son, demanding a ransom of N5 million, at the end of which both parties settled for N200,000. The panic-stricken man was said to have written a cheque of N200,000 in his driverâ€™s name at the insistence of his captors, who, thereafter, followed the driver to the bank to withdraw the amount.