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February 27, 2024

NSCDC arrests undergraduate for alleged kidnapping, collecting N50000 ransom

NSCDC arrests undergraduate for alleged kidnapping, collecting N50000 ransom

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Command, has arrested a 21-year-old undergraduate, Anthony Oscar, for allegedly kidnapping a 17-year-old girl.

Mr Oluyemi Ibiloye, NSCDC State Commandant, made this known while parading the suspects and two others on Tuesday in Akure.

The commandant explained that the suspect collected N50,000 as ransom from the parents of the victim.

He also said the suspect was arrested on Feb. 17 at his residence in Calabar, Cross River State, by the tactical team of the command.

According to him, Anthony, a resident of No. 31 Jordan St., Ikot Ishie, Calabar, Cross River, is a specialist in kidnapping of teenagers for ransom.

“On Jan. 30, 2024, a complaint of their missing 17-year-old daughter, Araba Joy Temitope, was reported at the NSCDC headquarters by Mr and Mrs Araba Alaba of number 24, Double Taiwo St., Ijoka, in Akure.

“Temitope (victim) has been reported missing since January 24, 2024, while returning home from her school, Elibest College of Education, Oba-Ile, in Akure North Local Government Area of the state.

“On Jan. 30, the command issued a ‘Missing Person Statement’ to the press for whoever knows her whereabouts to contact the parents or the command at the contact numbers.

“On Feb. 6, seven days after the command’s press release, a phone number, which was later identified to be that of Oscar, notified the parents of the missing girl that their daughter was in his camp for rehabilitation.

“And he (suspect) demanded for N50,000 to be sent to Monie Point Microfinance bank account No. 8162041939 and that their daughter would be released,” he said.

Ibiloye, who said that the command initiated a sting operation and instructed the victim’s parents to pay the said amount, explained that the mobile number of the suspect was tracked, and he was arrested.

The commandant said that the suspect had confessed to the allegations and admitted receiving the N50,000 ransom, but has not revealed the whereabouts of the victim.

“From investigations, the suspect, who is a 400-level Mass Communication student of the University of Calabar, has various photographs of missing persons.

“He also has their family contacts on his phone, suggesting that he is into kidnapping for ransom, fraud, and cybercrime.

“Investigation is still ongoing to unravel the location of the missing girl and to arrest his accomplices,” he said.

Anthony, who spoke with newsmen, confirmed his involvement in the crime and said he only called the parents of the victim to dupe them.

“Actually, I was in my school in Calabar when I saw a post on my Facebook over a missing girl, and a phone number was attached to the post, in which I called the number to demand N50,000.

“And the N50,000 was sent to me, and I never called the number again because I have never set my eye on the girl (victim) before or known her from Adam.

“So, I was arrested because I didn’t hide my phone number when I called the parents for money. I have never come to Ondo State before until I was arrested on Saturday in my house in Calabar,” he said. (NAN)