Operatives of the Intelligence Response Team have arrested members of a kidnap syndicate, who allegedly killed three of their victims, after collecting ₦7.5 million ransom from their family members.
The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday, while parading 26 suspects arrested for kidnapping, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms and other sundry offences.
According to Mba, the kidnap syndicate had abducted one Dr Ausu Benedict, his son, and a friend on their way to Abuja.
While in captivity, the suspects were said to have contacted the families of their victims, who subsequently paid a total of ₦7 million to secure the abductees’ release.
“Before the ransom was paid, the suspects had forced Benedict to raise a cheque of ₦500,000 which was successfully cashed,” the police said.
Mba, however, regretted that the syndicate went ahead to kill their victims, notwithstanding the payment of ransom.
He stated, “Among the suspects, we have a kidnap syndicate that specialises in terrorising people of the North Central zone.
“A ransom of ₦7 million was paid by the family of Dr Audu Benedict,
“While in captivity, the doctor also raised a cheque of ₦500,000, bringing the total to ₦7.5 million.
“After collecting the ransom, they went ahead to kill the doctor, son, and family friend.
He further disclosed that the gang also kidnapped one Veronica Aboyi, who was related to one of the suspects.
Two of the suspects – Gwar Henry, and Bello admitted to the crime.
The police said a total of six AK47 rifles, three pump-action rifles, and other weapons were recovered from the gang.
Meanwhile, the police said they rescued a total of six children “stolen sometime last year”.
By Adelani Adepegba