21 May 2012

Nigeria: Six Alleged Kidnappers Arrested in Edo

Benin — Six persons who allegedly abducted a 50-year-old woman in Benin City, Edo State, have been arrested by the police in the state.

The suspects were alleged to have abducted their victim on Upper Mission Road in the state capital and they took her to a forest at Erua village in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the state, where she was kept for two nights and fed with bread and water.

Police source said the kidnappers demanded N10 million ransom, while husband of the victim offered to pay N1.5 million, adding that the kidnappers later insisted on N5 million.

Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr. Olayinka Balogun, said the police moved in after receiving a tip-off and rescued the victim unhurt, adding that two of the suspects were arrested in the forest, which led to the arrest of other members of the gang.

Among items recovered from the kidnappers were one cut to size revolver, 13 live cartridges, two loaves of bread for feeding the victim and two telephone handsets.

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