A final year student of the University of Port Harcourt has been arrested for allegedly involving himself in kidnapping.
The student was captured alongside four other suspected kidnappers by Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector-General of Police.
The team also recovered some money collected by the kidnappers from their victim as ransom.
According to a source, the kidnappers were arrested after they kidnapped one Blessing Kime inside a church at Rumuekini Community in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers.
Kime was said to have been released by her abductors on June 16 after payment of ransom.
“On June 27, at about 11.40 a.m., the team arrested the gang leader of the kidnappers, one Gift Attah, 26, popularly known as Okwulogu at Rumuakunde Community in the Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers. The suspect, who is also the unit head of Iceland Confraternity in Rumuakunde, confessed to the kidnapping of Mrs Blessing Kime,” the source stated.
The source also added that: “Exhibits recovered from him include the victim’s phone and his share from the ransom, the sum of N450, 000. The suspect’s capture led to the arrest of other gang members,”
However, the arrested kidnappers confessed to the police how they entered the church premises and kidnapped Kime, holding her hostage until the ransom was paid. They also noted that the UNIPORT student was used as errand boy and armourer to the abductors.
Another member of the gang was identified as “Daddy Stephen’’, alias Marshall, while a 48-year-old man, Atayero Abiodun, from Osun, who was preparing charms for the abductors confessed to have collecting N150,000 as his share from the ransom.