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Police arrest 3 suspected kidnappers in Lagos

By Evelyn Usman & Ifunaya Okafor
The Police in Lagos have foiled attempt by a kidnap  syndicate to abduct a teenager at Meiran area of the state and arrested three suspects.

Recovered from the suspects among who were two university drop outs, was a locally made pistol and some rounds of ammunition.

The suspects who confessed to the aborted crime, told a crowd yesterday, at the Oduduwa Ikeja office of the command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, of how their mission  to kidnap a teenager at Ade Gentle Man Close in Meiran area of the state was foiled.

Surprisingly, their surposed victim’s father happened to be a Deacon in Assemblies of God Church where two of the suspects also worship.

The suspected kidnappers numbering four, were said to have stormed their victim’s abode first, on Monday, to have an overview of the area before going back on Tuesday to carry out their plan.

But luck ran against them as a member of the victim’s family who accosted one of them the previous evening, suspected their movement and consequently raised alarm that attracted residents.

Three of them, Ugo Alozie, Francis Morris and John Oge Pius, were said to have been caught by the angry mob who descended on them while the fourth escaped.

One of the suspects, Ugo Alozie, who admitted to have masterminded the kidnap attempt, said he intended travelling out of the country with his share of the ransom, had the plan worked.

The 25-year-old final year drop-out from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, said: “I actually brought the plan to my other colleagues . I told them it was one of the quickest way of making money, since it does not involve killing and they agreed. Our plan was to kidnap the child, lodge him in a local hotel and bargain with his father. I intended using whatever I got as my share of the ransom to travel to Canada  because my visa will be out by next month.”

On their part, the duo of Francis Morris and Jogn Oge Pius blamed their involvement on harsh economy.

The suspects according to Mba , would be charged to court soon.


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