A 23-year-old suspected kidnapper, known as Sule, expressed remorse for his involvement in a kidnapping gang, primarily because of the calf he purchased with his portion of the ransom money died.
Sule, who hails from Okada town in Edo State and was raised by a Fulani herder father, was one of 28 suspects paraded at the Police Command headquarters on September 19, 2023, facing various charges such as kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms, cultism, armed robbery, and defilement.
He admitted to participating in the abduction of a cocoa farmer in Ogbese village, Ovia North-East local government area of the State, last year, alongside others, one of whom has since been arrested and is now in prison.
Sule revealed that they collected a ransom of N2.3 million from the victim, of which he received N300,000 as his share.
“My role was that I showed them the roads after we kidnapped him. They gave me N300,000. I used N150,000 to buy a small cow, I gave N20,000 to my small friend to buy clothes because he is also working with us to look after cows in Okada town,” he said.
“I also bought medicines for the small cow and I used the remaining money to buy shoes and shirts. I kept the small cow with my friend so that my father would not see it and start asking me where I got the money to buy it.
“Painfully, the baby cow died. Now I have been arrested. I regret ever listening to my friends who asked me to join them in kidnap the man.”
The command’s spokesperson, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, stated that once the investigation is concluded, the suspects will face appropriate charges.