By Dayo Johnson
Akure—A cattle seller, an apprentice, a herbalist and two others have been arrested by police detectives in Ondo State over the kidnap of a traditional ruler and an eight-year-old primary school pupil in the state.
The cow seller, 30-year-old Usman Momodu, was arrested with N112,000 cash said to be part of ransom collected from the family of the traditional ruler, Oba Daudu Sunday, the Oluyani of Iyani, in Akoko area of the state last month.
Also recovered from the suspect was a Nokia handset which phone number allegedly used for negotiation of ransom.
Oba Daudu was kidnapped by six armed men along Oba Akoko-Owo Road and released after three days, when his family paid ransom.
Taking master’s son
On the kidnap of the eight-year-old boy, the apprentice, Obinna Stephen; herbalist, Eze Ifeanyi Okeke and two others, Joel Carol and Christopher Anthony, were arrested for kidnapping the boy, son of Stephen’s master, Ezechiefoh Chuks, during Sunday service at Don Bosco Catholic Church, Araromi, Akure.
Stephen succeeded in luring him out of the church by promising to buy him ice cream. He then handed him over to his accomplices, who took the boy away, returned to the church and continued with worship.
Vanguard gathered that the boy was kept at a herbalist’s house in Akure, from where he did all the negotiations with the boy’s family as they reportedly demanded N10 million ransom from the boy’s father.
It was gathered that during police investigation, one of the church members reportedly informed the police that he saw Obinna putting the little boy on a motorcycle during church service and was driven away.
Stephen later confessed and led detectives to the native doctor’s hideout at Omoniyi Street, Agbogbo in Akure, where the victim was rescued.
Vanguard gathered that other suspects were apprehended at the herbalist’s hideout, while waiting for the father of the victim to pay the ransom.
On the monarch’s kidnap, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Hilda Harrison, said that the cow seller was the leader of the gang that kidnapped the Oba.
She revealed that the suspect had confessed to the commission of the crime along with others, while efforts are on to arrest fleeing members of the gang.
On the kidnap of the eight-year-old boy, the Police boss said one locally-made pistol, one Beretta pistol, some live ammunition and two live cartridges were recovered from the suspects at their hideout.
Harrison pointed out that the suspects would soon be arraigned in court at the conclusion of the investigations.