One of the suspects in the abduction of five students and three teachers of Nigerian Turkish International College, Bekewei Agbojule, says he participated in the kidnapping to raise money for a business.
Agbojule explained that he was invited to join the operation by a gang member identified simply as America.
The indigene of Arogbo Ijaw from Ondo State was paraded alongside three other gang members on Saturday by the police.
Others are Are Kakadu, aka General Kakadu, Romeo Council, aka Raw; and Totki Okoda.
Agbojule, 29, was caught by the police with N1. 2m cash believed to be his share of the ransom paid for the release of the hostages.
The suspect explained that he piloted the boat that was used to transport the kidnap victims to a hideout in the creeks.
He said, “I was fishing when America (a gang member) called me to come to Lagos; I told him I didn’t know where he was, but he said I should just come. When I arrived in the evening, he asked me to join them in a boat to where the operation was to be carried out.
“He did not tell me that they were engaged in kidnapping business. We were 15 in number but only 10 of us went for the operation.
“I don’t have any job and my plan was that once they gave me the money from the operation, I would travel back to the village and use it to establish some business with my family.”