Tochukwu Nworih, a suspected member of a kidnapping gang, was detained by Ondo State Police Command agents after he allegedly kidnapped a six-year-old girl when she was riding in her mother’s car.
The infant was allegedly kidnapped by the suspect and his gang when the mother was out purchasing groceries.
The victim’s parents were allegedly called by the culprit, who then demanded N50 million in ransom, which was later transferred into an account.
In a statement released on Saturday, January 7, the command’s spokesperson, SP Funmi Odunlami, claimed that the suspect was apprehended by detectives when he attempted to withdraw part of the ransom at a Point of Sales terminal (PoS) in Akure, the state’s capital.
According to the PPRO, the victim’s mother, Mrs Chukwu-Ezedima, who met an empty car reported the incident to the police after all efforts to locate the daughter yielded no results.
“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to the commission of the offence, while the victim was rescued unhurt. The suspect will soon be arraigned in court,” the police spokesperson said.
Odunlami also disclosed that the arrest of Nworih led to the discovery of the little girl in the kidnappers’ den and she was rescued by the security operatives unhurt.