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Beninnois, Three Others Arrested Over Kidnap Of Chinese

Xavier Ndanyongmong

Police in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, has arrested the trio of Adebowale Johson, Oluwadara Segun, Amos Loko, all Nigerians and a Beninnois, Vidiyong Taiye, over the kidnap of a Chinese, Kumming Hyang.

The suspects, said they had, over a year, planned on how to abduct any victim that could fetch them good money but their plans were aborted due to unforeseen circumstances.

They said they however re-strategized recently and picked a new victim, which happened to be the Chinese, following information from Loko, who also worked with the victim.

Loko, said he zeroed in on the Chinese in a bid to ensure a handsome ransom adding however that their plans were foiled when they were arrested before they could demand for ransom.

According to the 26-year-old Loko, “after our plans failed last year, I continued my job as a driver. It was recently I called back my gang and told them that we would pick up my boss”.

“The plan was that as soon as I resume work by 5am, they will use advantage by forcing our gate open and seize my boss. Our plans worked and we took him to a forest behind our house at Igando, Ibeju-Lekki.

“I was arrested after one Mr. Ken, who is a contractor with my company, called in the police and they arrested me as a suspect. It was during interrogation that I confessed to the police.”

However, the trio of Johnson, Segun and Taiye, who maintained their innocence, claimed that although Loko contacted them for the job. They claimed that they did not actually participate.

The expatriate, who works for GMC Construction Company, in Lekki area of Lagos, was abducted by the suspects on May 29, after they had ambushed him at Igando Oloja Elemoro in Ajah.

It was gathered that, as soon as the information filtered into the police, a crack team from the Elemoro Police Division was put together and deployed to comb the area to locate the criminals.

The suspects were arrested four days later and the victim rescued hale and hearty.

Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent of Police, who paraded the suspects said the case of kidnap was reported in Elemoro Police Division.

“It was a case of a Chinese man who was whisked away by armed men to an unknown destination. The command moved into rescue operation immediately the case was reported.

“The command has arrested the suspects and the Chinese national has been reunited with his family hale and hearty”, Badmos said.

Badmos said the command is also on the trail of the other fleeing members of the gang, adding that they would all be charged to court at the appropriate time.

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