A kidnap suspect in Enugu who collaborated with his gang to abducted his uncle who just returned from the UK, has confessed how much he was paid from the loot and begged to be jailed instead of immediate execution.
While speaking with journalists yesterday, a kidnap suspect identified as Collins Chime, from Obinagu Udi in Enugu State, has confessed how he received N65,000 as his own share from a N500,000 ransom paid by his uncle.
The suspect who was paraded alongside his collaborators said, “We were to kidnap a rich woman but we missed her; so, I suggested that we kidnap my uncle since we missed our initial target.
“After we kidnapped him, we received N500,000 as ransom, out of which our leader (still at large) gave me N65,000.”
While pleading for mercy he said, “I have never involved myself in this kind of thing; please beg them not to kill me; let them keep me in prison; I’ll stay there and work for government.”
Also paraded alongside Collins are other kidnap syndicates which includes; Nonso Onyebuchi of Obeagu Awgu, who is the leader of the gang, and Chukwudi Azemene of Umuoduma Aba, Abia state.
It was reported that the suspect and his kidnap syndicates abducted Elder Chime Edwin, a UK returnee of Obinagu Udi on 2nd April, 2016 at his house and whisked him off in a Volkswagen Audi car which they had earlier robbed from the owner at Umunede, Delta State.
The Enugu State commissioner of police, Nwodibo Ekechukwu, who paraded the suspects alongside others before newsmen, said the first syndicate, Etim Amos, of Abiakpo Ibo road, Ikot-Ekpene, masterminded the kidnapping of Barr. John Abugu, at G.R.A Enugu.
He disclosed that the command, in a carefully-planned operation ambushed the gang at a point along Itu-Calabar road, during which other members of the syndicate tried to escape.
The commissioner also stated that the gang leader, Etim Amos, who had been posing as a soldier with an Army cap, which he usually placed on the dashboard to deceive people, was gunned down alongside another gang member, one Otunre Nse.
Recovered from the suspects are a gun, the handsets of the victims, fake Army ID card, bearing Corporal Etim Henry Amos.