A 40-year-old woman, Mrs Joy Sunday, arrested by the police for conspiracy over the kidnap of her husband in Akwa Ibom State, said on Friday that she partook in the act because her husband starved her of sex and money for too long.
The kidnappers demanded N10m as ransom and later reduced it to N2m which was paid before the police arrested them while sharing the loot.
The suspect who was among 29 others paraded for various offences including kidnapping, robbery and child theft by the state Commissioner of Police, Olatoye Durosinmi, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, said she had been subjected to menial jobs to fend for herself and the children since her husband got married to another woman.
She added that when one of her children completed secondary school there was no money for him to further his studies.
She said, “I arranged my husband’s kidnapping because for a long time he abandoned me with his children. Even when my father and mother in-law were alive he abandoned me. He never cared for his children. I did a menial jobs such as weeding people’s farms to feed my children and pay their school fees.
“One of the children completed secondary school and I approached my husband to plan how to send him to learn a trade since he refused to send him to university but his husband shunned me. The major reason I arranged his kidnap is that because he refused to have sex with me and does not take care of me and the children.”
She added that she never collected her share of the money before they were arrested by the police