A kidnap suspect, Mukaila Alatunse who was apprehended by the Police has revealed how the story of notorious billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, otherwise known as Evans inspired him into the crime.
Alatunse confessed he wanted the quickest way of making money just like Evans (the billionaire kidnapper) who is currently in prison.
The police in Ogun State foiled the attempt by the 44-year-old bricklayer, to kidnap his neighbour, Precious Ogundiran. According to a report from our correspondent, the target lives with her parents at Lemode, in the Ijoko area of the state and is the only child of the family.
Alatunse first set his plan to abduct Ogundiran in motion by trying to recruit a vigilante in the neighbourhood whom he told they could make up to N5m from ransom. But that move became his undoing.
It was reported that the vigilante played along with the father of seven, and later divulged the plan to Ogundiran’s father, a lecturer at the National Open University of Nigeria on Victoria Island, Lagos State – who in turn, reported the case to the police at the Agbado division, leading to the arrest of the suspect on Monday.
A team of detectives, led by the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Sunday Ominijo, laid ambush at a hotel in Agbado, where Alatunse and the vigilante had agreed to meet. The police team asked the vigilante to call the suspect on a telephone and make him believe their victim has been abducted.
This was to lure the suspect to the hotel where they agreed to meet to discuss completion of the criminal operation. Alatunse later agreed to come down to the hotel so they could contact the senior lecturer at NOUN for a ransom.
A source who narrated the incident said:
“While he was with the vigilante at the hotel, the team hanged around. The vigilante told him that the victim had been kept somewhere and that they should discuss about the ransom.
“He said they would request N5m from the lecturer and that he would take 60 per cent of the money while the vigilante would get 40 per cent. The operatives swooped on him in the process.
During interrogation, the suspect, a native of Ikire, Osun State, confessed that he took to the crime after hearing the news of how the notorious billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, made millions of dollars from kidnapping.
“I am also a commercial motorcycle rider and the vigilante rode on my motorcycle on June 16 in the evening.
“We were discussing how kidnapping had become a way of making quick money. I explained to him how Evans made a lot of money from kidnapping and suggested we should also try our luck.
“I told him that I knew a lecturer, who had one child, and that we would make millions of naira from the man if we kidnapped his daughter. He said he was also interested and we exchanged contacts.
“He asked me to provide him with information about the girl, especially her phone number, while he promised to look for more persons to facilitate the kidnapping.
“It was on Monday that he called me on the telephone that the girl had been kidnapped and that I should come to a hotel in Agbado to discuss the ransom. On getting to the station, I realised that it was a set-up.
“I have seven children with two wives. One of my wives died recently and I don’t have money to take care of the children. This is the last time I would attempt kidnapping. I am appealing for mercy.”
Meanwhile, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said further investigations on the case would be carried out at the command headquarters in Abeokuta for proper prosecution.