Police in Akwa Ibom parade woman for arranging husband’s kidnap

Police in Akwa Ibom parade woman for arranging husband’s kidnap

By Sunday Bassey, Uyo.


The Police Command in Akwa Ibom on Friday paraded a 40-year-old woman, Mrs Joy Emmanuel, for allegedly masterminding the kidnap of her husband, Mr Emmanuel Ebong.


The Commissioner of Police, Mr Olatoye Durosinmi, told newsmen that Joy and the kidnapers collected the sum of N2 million as ransom for her husband’s release.


Durosinmi said that the police command would leave no stone unturned to stamp out criminals and criminality in the state.


Speaking to newsmen, Joy said that certain circumstances forced her to plot the kidnap of Ebong, an indigene of Ntak Obio Akpa in Oruk Anam Local Government Area.


She said that her husband did not only starve her of sex but also refused to provide for the family.


“I did menial jobs to fend for the family. I arranged his kidnap because I needed money to take care of the family.


“Unfortunately I was not given the ransom money after the abduction was successful,” she said.


Joy mentioned one Udo Moji, now at large, as the leader of the gang she engaged for her husband’s abduction.


She said: “They collected the money from me and never gave anything to me.  Some members of the group who were arrested, while spending the money, mentioned my name to the police.”


Also speaking, Ebong said that he was kidnapped at about 8.30 p.m. on July 21, shortly after entering his house.


“They took me out of my compound in a mini-bus. They kept me for four days and demanded the sum of N2 million as ransom.


“They took me to Etinan where they caged me. I am very fortunate that the police came on a rescue operation.


“They collected N2 million from me but the police later recovered about N500,000 from them,” he said.

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