The Rivers State Police Command on Tuesday paraded a 26-year-old driver, Jeremiah Igiri, who was alleged to have kidnapped his employer’s 4-year-old son and demanded a ransom of N20 million.
Igiri, said to have been searching for the missing boy with his mother, confessed that he arranged with a lady and two other men to abduct his employer’s son.
He said, “This is my first abduction. I invited a lady and a boy to handle the operation.
“When the little boy returned from school and was riding his bicycle, the people I arranged came in. So, I asked him to open the gate and that was how the lady picked him.
“When my madam came out and was looking for the boy, I also joined her in the search for the boy. The second day I felt bad over what I did as I became troubled seeing my Madam crying and calling the boy’s name.
“Whenever I wanted to reveal the truth, I always saw two men standing in front of my madam with strange faces.
“There was a day my madam and her friend took me in her car and as I was alighting, the friend gave me one thousand naira. I wanted to tell them I was behind the abduction, but a strange face again appeared and I could not say anything.
“I heard that the kidnappers later demanded for N20million ransom. I protested that it was too much. I told the kidnappers to collect one million but they said they will collect N20 million.
“I agreed with the kidnappers that if she paid the N20million that I will use my share to go back to school,” he added. Though the Madam did not pay the ransom, Igiri said he would have been given N7million as his share of the ransom.
On her part, the mother of the victim, Mrs. Telalo Georgina disclosed that it was at the Police station where her driver was invited that he confessed he was behind the abduction.
“I am a lawyer and a Minister of the gospel. I prayed with my anointing oil before I interrogated him at the station and he confessed to me,” she added.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Ahmad Muhammad, who paraded the suspect, said the suspect had led the police to the kidnapper’s den and that the boy had since been united with his mother. “The culprits have been arrested and detained,” the PPRO stated.