BY EVELYN USMAN
LAGOS — Men of the Nigerian Army Quick Response Group have arrested a suspected kidnapper who was taking his victim to their hideout along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and rescued the victim in the process.
Surprisingly, the suspect was discovered to be the victim’s relation.
The 37-year-old suspect identified as Tony Anene, who was paraded before newsmen, weekend, in Lagos, was alleged to have connived with two others, currently at large, to abduct his uncle, Mr. Dominic Nwaezeapu, apparently over a land dispute.
The kidnappers were also said to have cashed in on the visit of the victim’s son from the United Arab Emirates.
They were said to have lured their victim out of the house, pretending they were sent by the Economic Adviser to the President, Mr. Augustine Uwaizi Ahikoya, in respect of the land dispute.
But immediately the victim stepped out of the compound, he was reportedly blindfolded and ordered into a waiting car. He was reportedly left incommunicado and without food for three days.
Explaining how they were arrested, Commander, 9 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Adeniyi Oyebade, said: “At about 1a.m, on Friday, the Nigerian Army Quick Response Group which operates on Lagos-Ibadan-Ogere axis stopped a Honda car, blue in colour with number plate LND 751 AP in Akara village, somewhere around Ogun State.
“They observed that the vehicle was just wobbling along with one of its tyres in bad shape. During the on-the-spot interrogation as part of the “stop and search operations,” somebody in the vehicle later identified as Mr. Dominic Nwaezeapu screamed that he was kidnapped.
“On hearing that shout, two of the kidnappers out of the three, jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the bush. Unfortunately, one of them, Tony Anene, was apprehended. Upon investigation, it was discovered that the victim was abducted on April 9, 2013.
“It was under the guise of the land dispute that the elderly man was kidnapped using the name of the Economic Adviser but based on our investigation, the economic adviser has nothing to do with the kidnapping.”
During interrogation, the suspect said he tried to convince his uncle not to honour the invitation of the abductors.
His words: “A few weeks ago, my uncle (Dominic) called me to say that some people had called him, wanting to resolve the land issue located at Oshimili Local Government Area of Delta State, in particular Okpoije Umueze quarters in Ibuzor.
“He said they asked him to come to Ikeja, that economic adviser sent them. But I told my uncle not to go, that the man in question was not a nice person. I also told him if the man had any problem, he would come to his house.”