March 18, 2023

Kidnapper disguises as pregnant woman, abducts businessman in Lagos

*They demanded ransom in dollars-  businessman

*Narrates three nights ordeal in captors den

By Evelyn Usman

Sporadic gunshots rented the air on Ifoshi road in the Ejigbo area of Lagos, on Friday, March 10, 2023, causing motorists plying that route to hurriedly make a U-turn while shop owners and hawkers abandoned their wares, as they scampered for safety.

The target of the four-man gang among whom was a supposed ‘pregnant woman’ , was a businessman,  Timothy Uche.  Uche was just driving into the complex where his electronic store is, at about 9.30 pm to pick up his children who were waiting for him.

 The armed men perforated his car with bullets. While one of them was in their operational car, three others were releasing bullets, made for the businessman. They dragged him out of his car and whisked him away in their operational vehicle, leaving a haze of dust billowing.


Tension heightened as the businessman’s family was left in the dark without any word from him, as his phone was switched off.

 It never dawned on   Uche’s family who the gunmen were until two days later when a call was received that he had been kidnapped.

  The kidnappers, as gathered, demanded  N70 million ransom, which they insisted must be paid in the United States Dollars, before Uche would be released.


Crime Guard gathered that he was released on Tuesday , March 14,2023 after payment of an unspecified amount as ransom.

In an interview with Uche, he thanked God for being alive but wondered why he should be the target.

Narrating his three nights ordeal in the hands of his captors, he disclosed that the pregnant woman among the gang, turned out to be a man after all.

 He said, “  I thank God for not allowing any of the bullets to hit me.  They even fired a bullet at my car  seat. it burned the upholstery of the seat but didn’t touch me.

‘’ When they took me into their car, they drove through Egbe, Idimu, and Liasu roads, to an apartment in the Ayobo area of Lagos State, where I was kept for three days. While I was struggling with them in their vehicle, they attempted to stab me with a knife and shoot me with a gun. But none penetrated. There were bruises on me. One of them even cut through my signet but the knife could not penetrate. That was the power of God at work.

“For the three days, I spent in their custody, I was fed and medically treated. There have been three kidnap attempts on me and this is the only time they succeeded.

While I was in the kidnappers’ den, one of them said they had been monitoring me since last Monday.

“They demanded N70 million ransom. When they discovered that my wife could not raise the amount,  they reduced it to N15 million. After much bargaining and plea, they reduced it again to N5 million, when it became obvious that money was not forthcoming. But they insisted it must be paid in dollars.

“They kept me in an apartment and communicated in English and Igbo dialects. I later discovered that one of them who dressed like a pregnant woman was actually a man.


“Throughout my stay there, I was always praying, during one of my prayer moments, one of them tapped me on the shoulder and said: ’’It is okay, your prayers have been answered. Let us do what we want to do and leave here. But you must promise to give us the balance later.’’

“ He said I should give them whatever I had. At one point, they started quarrelling among themselves.  I realized that prayers were being offered by the church on my behalf and God took over.

“After the ransom was paid,  they shared it among themselves in my presence. They even quarrelled over the sharing formula.  As they were going to drop me off, they blindfolded me. They dropped me off at Ayobo on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 and told me they would come back for me. They did not release my phone to me”, he said.


 Policemen at Ejigbo division, according to Uche, were alerted when he was kidnapped. After his release, Crime Guard gathered that he reported to the division.

Sources at the division said the investigation had begun, assuring that all mechanisms towards arresting the kidnappers had been put on the motion.