There was report that one of the kidnappers who allegedly abducted two entertainers, Ugo Stevenson and Izunna Obiakor, in Owerri, Imo State and demanded millions of naira has been arrested by the police..
The kidnapper was arrested while attempting to collect a ransom of N300,000 after his gang initially received N1 million.
It was learnt that N1m was paid as ransom for their release of the entertainers after spending five nights in the kidnapper’s den.
A 2007 Toyota Highlander Sports Utility Vehicle belonging to one of the entertainers was not recovered.
The nabbed suspect and his fleeing gang members re-established contact with their victims demanding additional N300,000 before his SUV could be released to them.
The operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad led by its Commander Godfrey Victor cashed in on that. The kidnap victims were asked to play along.
It was in the process of receiving another ransom of N300,000, after collecting N1 m earlier that this suspect Sunday Okoli aged 35 who hails from Amokohia Ubi in the Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, was nabbed.
Unfortunately, others escaped
During an interview with newsmen, Okoli said that he was given N100, 000 as his share from the ransom collected from the entertainers.
“My name is Sunday Okoli, I am from Amokohia Ubi in the Owerri West LGA. I recently came back from Lagos and this is the first time I joined them to this operation.
“I got a share of N100,000 from N600,000 that was paid.
I did not follow them to the hideout. The hideout is at Awara in Ohaji/ Egbema LGA though I have not been there before.
That is where the jeep is, he said.