A kidnap victim has narrated how he and his relative were kidnapped on Friday in Abia State.
He told journalists that they were accosted on their way from a pharmacy at about 9 p.m. by the suspects at gunpoint.
He said they were blindfolded by the suspects and taken to their hideout.
“They asked us to call our relations to bring N2 million ransom for them and rejected the N500, 000 offer we made and threatened to kill us,” he said.
He added that “to our greatest surprise, a team of policemen came to the hideout on Sunday and rescued us.”
He thanked the police for their timely intervention saying, “I am now fully convinced that the Nigeria police are working”.
One of the suspects, who identified himself as Nwobilor, a mechanic apprentice in Ugwunagbo, near Aba, admitted committing the crime when paraded by the police.
Nwobilor said he was invited “to watch over the victims” by the prime suspect, who was said to have escaped during the raid of the hideout.
He said last Friday’s incident was his third experience and pleaded with the police for leniency.
The Police in Abia said Nwobilor was among 16 suspected kidnappers and some armed robbery suspects arrested.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Leye Oyebade, made this known at a news briefing at the command’s headquarters in Umuahia on Monday.
He vowed that the command would deal decisively with criminal acts in the state and warned criminals to engage in legitimate business or leave the state.