Posted by News Express | 8 November 2014 | 3,014 times
A female student of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), Emmanuella Olusegun, has been arrested by Rivers State Police Command for allegedly setting up one Daniel Opiyo for kidnap.
Opiyo, who was described by the suspect as her facebook’s friend, was abducted last month in Port Harcourt.
Police Public Relation Officer of Rivers State Command, Ahmad Mohammad, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said a ransom of N2 million was received and shared by the gang members.
Olusegun confessed to the crime and stated how the ransom was shared.
“I was arrested because of my role in the kidnap of my facebook friend, Daniel. We met on facebook, and as we kept talking, we got to know that his parents were wealthy. We agreed to kidnap him. My role in the deal was to lure him to the hideout where he was kidnapped.
“Daniel is about eight months older than me, so the other members of the gang felt that since I am within the same age bracket with him, I should be the one to lure him. But I was not at the kidnapers’ hideout,” she said.
Mohammed said the sum of N300, 000 and one locally made pistol were recovered from the gang. According to the police, the money was part of the N2 million ransom the gang received.
The PPRO also said that the command also foiled a bank robbery in Port Harcourt.He disclosed the police killed two suspected armed robbers and recovered the sum of N15.6 million belonging to the bank.
According to Mohammad, the couple connived with Godwin Samuel and David Dokoro to use Olusegun to lure Opiyo to the kidnappers’ hideout.
“Teams of police from all directions besieged, engaged and subdued the armed robbers, during which two of them were fatally wounded, while others escaped with wounds. “The sum of N15, 635,500, one AK 47 rifle, one Berretta pistol, two toy guns and their operation vehicle, a saloon Golf car, were recovered,” he explained.
The officer said the strides were in line with the CP’s commitments to rid the state of all forms of crime and criminality. He appealed to the general public to continue to partner the police by giving useful information that will assist it in its battle against criminally-minded people.
•Adapted from THE NATION. Photo shows Rivers Police Commissioner, CP Dan Bature.
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