How We kidnap Our Victims - 3 Kidnappers Confesses
The Lagos State Police Command has
uncovered a kidnappers den in Ajah area
of Lagos, killing a suspected leader of the
syndicate during a shoot-out, while three
other members were arrested.
Rescued at the end of the gun duel were two
staff of Epe Local Government Area, Samsudeen
Olatunde, 37 and Daramola Muideen Bisoye, 43.
They were abducted a week ago on Abraham
Adesanya Street, along Lekki/Epe expressway
when they stopped to answer the call of nature.
The suspects who usually disguised as beggars,
disclosed that their targets were men who
usually parked exotic cars to ease themselves
around Ajah and other high brow areas of
The seven-man syndicate said to have been on
the wanted list of the Area 'J' Command,
Elemoro, for about a year, reportedly met their
waterloo following intelligence report from the
area command, consequent upon which a joint
team of operatives from the Special Anti-
Robbery Squad, Ikeja and men of the Area 'J'
Command led by the Area Commander, Mr Felix
Vwamhi, reportedly stormed the kidnappers'
den, an uncompleted building located in an area
popularly known as General Paint in Alasia, Ajah.
Sighting the policemen, the kidnappers
reportedly opened fire that triggered a gun duel.
Police sources said: "During the hot exchange of
fire, two members of the gang, one of them
later discovered to be the gang leader, identified
simply as Akpos and his second in command,
Michael Chinedu Edom, were fatally wounded.
"They were arrested while five others escaped
with minor bullet wounds and one of the guns
used by Akpos was recovered including 20 live
"Efforts to revive Akpos to enable police use him
to get the fleeing gang members failed but
"Michael survived and was used to track down
two other members, Emmanuel Omoseni and
Emeka Agbaji, who have made confessional
Our targets -Suspect
One of the suspects, Emeka Agbaji, 31, who hails
from Ekuoma village in Ika East Local
Government Area of Delta State disclosed: "That
fateful day at about 8pm along Epe Expressway,
we saw two persons who parked their Toyota
Yaris saloon car by the roadside and went to
"One of our gang members who disguised as a
beggar approached the driver when he wanted
to board the car and begged him to assist him
with some money to eat. Out of sympathy the
driver gave him N100 and he prostrated in
"But, as the driver wanted to enter his car, the
supposed beggar held on to the car door and
started dragging the door with him. The
occupants were confused and before they knew
it, other members including myself came out of
hiding with locally made short guns and pushed
the driver and the passenger inside the back seat
of the car.
"One of us took over the steering wheel and we
drove straight to our camp at General Paint area.
"We did not torture the victims. We had not
even started calling their families or the Epe local
government council where we learnt they were
working when, all of a sudden, the police
stormed the uncompleted building and rescued
Agbaji who said he was lured into kidnapping by
the late Akpos confessed that he was once a
"But at a point, I decided not to steal again. I was
tempted to join because Akpos advised me to be
saving one tenth of any money I got through
kidnap for court case, saying kidnap was a
bailable offence and that he had formidable
hands in the boys he recruited from Delta State.
This is my first time of joining them and I was
promised N500,000 at the end of the day," he
I intended travelling with my share - Another
For Michael Chinedu Edom, 25, a native of
Isiekenesi village in Ideato South Local
Government Area of Imo State: "I was also lured
by late Akpos, with a promise of more than N2
million when we receive the ransom.
"We were told that each of the victims' families
would be made to pay N7 million. At least I
knew I would have got over N2 million with
which I intended to travel out of Nigeria.
"I joined out of frustration because all the menial
jobs I ventured into fetched me nothing.
"First, I started as a conductor and got only
N1,000 at the end of each day which was not
enough to fend for myself, let alone my wife and
baby who live with a family friend.
"I was squatting with friends in an uncompleted
building because I could not afford to pay the
rent around Ajah.
"My role in this was to provide a hideout for the
gang. I was promised N10,000 per day. I was
not there when they did the job. I was in a
restaurant all through but was forced to run out
during the gun duel. In my attempt to escape,
one of the arrested persons sighted me and
revealed my identity to the police."
We are only kidnappers not robbers - Third
The third suspect who identified himself as
Emmanuel Omoseni, 33, from Zion People
village in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo
State, claimed to be a teacher in a private school
in the area. Omoseni said he was tempted to
provide the gang a hiding place after being
"As at then, I had not been paid two months
salary. Even the two months salary was not up
to the N100,000 promised. My only regret is that
I ended up not getting a dime."
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