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Police arrest father for kidnapping son for N.1m ransom

By Kolade Larewaju

ABEOKUTA—A 45-year-old man, Mr. Tanimowo Hunge, has been arrested by the men of the Ogun State Police Command, for abducting his 16-year-old son, John, and demanded N100, 000 as ransom from the boy’s uncle.

Hunge, a native of Maun in Ipokia Local Government Area of the state, who was paraded alongside 13 suspected armed robbers and three others for murder, wept profusely attributing his act as devil’s work.

The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Musa Daura, said Hunge, a drum maker, had tricked John, who had been residing in Lagos with his father’s brother in-law, Joseph Dosa, to a friend’s house and later contacted Dosa that the he [John]  had been kidnapped by some people who had demanded N100, 000 from him as ransom.

The suspect, who confessed to the crime, said he decided to do so when he could no longer endured sufferings as tree fellers had robbed him of the materials with which to make drums.

It was the devil. I used to have money. It was hardship that pushed me to this level and I only pray that God will save me from this problem.”

Dosa while explaining how they got to know that Hunge was behind the abduction, said that efforts to get the alleged abductors’ telephone number from him proved abortive as he was said to have claimed that the abductors warned him not to release the telephone number to any other person.

“When information go to the parents of the victim, they phoned the kidnappers and the money was made available by the police in order to attract the suspect As the suspect surfaced for the collection of the money, he was arrested. Incidentally, the suspect is the biological father of the victim.”


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