Ossai Osagie, Benin
Operatives of the Edo State Police Command has arrested a kidnap suspect, Tajudeen Igikalo who threatened to sell his 16-year-old victim to Fulani herdsmen.
The 16-year-old secondary school victim whose identity was not disclosed (because she is a minor), from Benin City has also been rescued after the suspect was said to have raped her severally.
According to the victim, she met the suspect on Facebook, they chatted for a month after which he invited her to his house at Egba, along the Benin-Auchi Road, in Edo State.
She said on Thursday, March 25, 2021, after school hours she obliged and visited him but was kidnapped on the spot and ended up spending a week in captivity.
“I met him on Facebook last month. He asked me to visit him, and I never knew he had the plan to kidnap me. I have never had sex before. He raped me twice a day for seven days. I am still in pain now” she said.
Two days after he kidnapped her, Tajudeen contacted her mother and demanded a N3 million ransom but unfortunately for him, he was apprehended at his residence by men of the Anti-kidnapping and Cybercrime Unit of the command.
Tajudeen said: “I kidnapped the girl because I needed money to settle some issues. I have been chatting with her on Facebook since February 2021, and we agreed to meet”.
“I called the mother for ransom because I need money to sort out some issues. I spent two years in Ghana and returned to Nigeria recently”.
The Spokesman of the State Police Command, Kontongs Bello, said: “He (Tajudeen) threatened that she will be killed or be sold to Fulani herdsmen if the mother doesn’t send the money.
“On the 29th of March 2021, the victim’s mother paid the sum of N550,000.00 into a bank account number made available by the kidnapper.
“On 30/03/2021, operatives of Anti-kidnapping and Cyber Crime Unit of the command through Hi-tech intelligence and a painstaking investigation arrested the suspect and rescued the victim in his residence,”.
The Police Spokesman said the suspect has made a confessional statement while
two laptops, a generator, and an industrial standing fan, that were bought from the proceeds of the ransom were recovered from him.
Bello said the police also recovered a cash of N220,000 from the suspect while an investigation has been launched to arrest other members of his gang.