Many people that gathered at the Oyo state Police Command on Saturday were shocked when a 20 year old boy, Ibrahim Aliyu Babatunde, confessed that he arranged for his father’s abduction at gunpoint.
Aliyu and three other members of his gang were paraded by police at the command headquarters in Eleyeile, Ibadan. Other members of the kidnap gang were – Babuga Salihu (20), Aura Sands (20), and Amuda Yusufu (19). .
The victim, Alhaji Aliyu Babatunde, was abducted at his Igboora home town and spent three days in the kidnappers’ den before he was released after the family paid N1 million ransom.
The victim’s son, who was leader of the gang, told journalists that he was lured into the criminal act because of his father’s insensitive attitude to welfare of his children.
He said, “We are many. My father married many wives and he doesn’t care for us. We are left by my father to fend for ourselves. So, I think the only way to get money out of him is to organise for his abduction and force him to part with the money.”
Babatunde added that he invited his three friends to abduct his father for the purpose of getting money from him. Initial arrest of one of the suspects, led to subsequent arrest of the kingpin and other members of the gang. Crdt: TheNation