Four suspected kidnappers of a four-year-old-boy, Steve Kanu, in Abeokuta have confessed that a ransom of N1m was paid to them before they released him.
Steve who was kidnapped at his parents’ home at Laderin Estate, Abeokuta, on Monday, November 2, 2015 was fortunately rescued alive last Friday by the men of the Ogun State Police Command in Nsukka, Enugu State.
Dr. and Mrs. M. Kanu, arrived at the state police command headquarters, Eleweran, on Monday with their son in tow and full of gratitude to the Policemen.
The suspects arrested for the crime were named as Kenechukwu Amoke (21), Anayo Amoke (35), Oluchi Asadu (20) and Maureen Uchenna (25).
Maureen, who was a staff nurse in Dr. Kanu’s hospital in Abeokuta for over three years before she resigned in July this year, was said to have been the mastermind of the abduction of Steve with her boyfriend, Obinna Amoke, who is currently on the run.
The nurse said:
“I learnt that Doctor paid N1m ransom to one of our members in Abeokuta before the police detectives arrested us in Enugu.
“I regretted my action, but it was my boyfriend, who wanted to travel abroad and wanted to pay my bride price, that put pressure on me to commit this crime.”
The commissioner, while parading the suspected kidnappers, said the manhunt for Obinna was still on. He said:
“The boy was kept for eight days in Anayo Amoke’s residence in Isale Ibefun in Abeokuta, before he was moved to Nsukka, where they kept him in Oluchi Asadu’s house,” the CP said.
He said he would work with the Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to ensure that Obinna’s house in the village was demolished.