The Quick Response Group (QRG), under 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, has arrested a 37-year old man who allegedly organised the kidnap of his uncle.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos on Sunday, the Brigade Commander, Brig.-Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade, said that it was the movement of the vehicle conveying the victim that attracted security men.
According to him, the suspect was arrested at the weekend by the operatives attached to the Ogun State joint military special task force (QRG) at Kara Village on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The 76-year old victim, Mr Dominic Nwezeakwu, was allegedly kidnapped from his Lagos residence by a three-man gang led by his nephew, which lured him out by using the name of the Economic Adviser to the President as a bait.
Oyebade disclosed that the victim was a personal friend of the Economic Adviser to the President.
“Two other members of the gang took to their heels when they sighted security men.
“A Honda car with registration number. LND 571 AP, belonging to the suspect, was also recovered.”
Oyebade stated that the army had commenced a manhunt for the other suspects.
“Throughout the journey, the suspected nephew did not utter a word for fear that he might be recognised by his uncle.”
The commander noted that most kidnap cases were usually organised by insiders who provide their gang members with useful information.
Oyebade also said that the suspect and the exhibit would soon be handed to the State Security Service (SSS) for further investigation.
He stated that the 81 Division and 9 Brigade were committed to assisting other security agencies in ridding the state of criminals.
However, the victim told newsmen that he was shocked to discover that the man behind his kidnap was his nephew, who had once lived with him.
“It will be an understatement if I say that I am still in shock.
“How could it be said that my brother’s son wanted me dead because I am sure that they will not let me go free after ransom has been collected and knowing that I must have identified him?”
Recounting his ordeal in the hands of his kidnappers, Nwazeakwu said that his hands were tied back, and he was blindfolded and dumped at the back of the car.
“I shouted when I heard the voice of the security men demanding to know where we were heading to at about 1.30 a.m. and with a bad tyre.”