Three men have been arrested for allegedly attempting to kidnap their former employer, Ifenuga Olayinka after sacking them in the Ijebu-Ode area of Ogun State.
The three suspects: Peter Nse, 24; Chuckwuma Nwobodo, 48, and Michael Umanah, 30 were arrested following the complaint lodged by the former employer.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, SP, Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.
Oyeyemi said the suspects were arrested after a complaint lodged at Igbeba divisional police headquarters by Olayinka who reported that he received a text message on his phone from someone who described himself as “Killer Vagabond of Africa”.
He said, “In the said message, the author directed the complainant to pay the sum of N5 million into a bank account he sent to him or risk being kidnapped within the shortest possible time.
“Upon the report, the DPO Igbeba division, CSP Musiliu Doga, detailed his detectives to unravel those behind the devilish message.
“The detectives then embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation which led them to Anambra State where two of the suspects namely Peter Nse and Chuckwuma Nwobodo were arrested.
“Their arrest led the detectives to Ago- Iwoye where the third suspect Michael Umanah was apprehended.
“It was when they were brought before the complainant that he identified them as his former employees whom he laid off not quite long ago for certain misconduct.
“On interrogation, they all confessed to the commission of the crime and claimed to have made the attempt just because they were not happy as the complainant terminated their appointment.”
The PPRO however, said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the suspects be transferred to the anti-kidnapping unit of the state Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.