By Demola Akinyemi
A suspected Kidnapper and an unemployed HND graduate of Building Technology has said that starvation of not eaten for four days forced him to hijack a car belonging to one Mrs Omotoyosi Adewoye,after a church service unknown to him that a baby was strapped in the back seat.
The 29 year-old suspect, Oladapo Adewoye therefore begged for forgiveness from the woman,saying that the deed was not intentional.
Vanguard reliably gathered that the suspect had after the church service flagged down the unsuspecting woman for a free ride after which he pulled out a knife to threaten the woman when the car got to a deserted area.
The woman who was visibly scared quickly ran out of the car,leaving her baby strapped to the back seat and and her bag,with which the suspect fled with the car.
The woman who was abandoned on the lonely road,promptly narrated her ordeal to passer byes who obliged her their phone with which she alerted the church,family members and the police.
Few hours later,the police tracked down the suspected kidnapper within the town and arrested him with the baby and the car.
Speaking while being paraded by the Kwara state police command in Ilorin on Wednesday, the suspect,explained that he had been a member of his church, Living Faith Church, Offa Garage Branch, for years and only decided to rob the woman to survive.
He confirmed that it was from the church that he flagged off his victim for a ride to Gaa-Akanbi area of Ilorin metropolis.
“It was desperation. I had not eaten for four days”, he said, adding that, “after the woman jumped out of the car, I had no option than to drive off, though my intention was to snatch her bag to find money.
“My intention was to snatch the bag and find money but when I pulled out the knife and the woman rushed out she started screaming and I had to drive off with the car. It was while I was going that I noticed the baby at the back and that put me in greater confusion. I didn’t know what to do and I noticed there were policemen on the road at almost about every three kilometres and that was when I decided to drop the baby behind someone’s house at Akerebiata.
“I then drove the car to Asa Dam Road and when I had emptied the purse which was my original intention, I wanted to go and drop the car somewhere so they could find it the following day but as I looked out the house was surrounded by SARS men and they arrested me”, he said.
He claimed that the incident was his first attempt at crime and regretted the action and was sure the law would take its course on his case. “I know the law will take its course on the matter but the only thing I want now is for that woman to forgive me”, he said.
Spokesman for the state police command, Ajayi Okasanmi, said the suspect would soon be charged to court for armed robbery.
He also announced the arrest of seven suspected cult members on September 9, 2017 from Ilorin and Offa following intelligence report while on the same day; the command recovered a truck laden with 30,000 litres of PMS after it was snatched at gun point at about 9.00pm along Eyenkorin-Ogbomosho expressway.