Lafia - The Police Command in Nasarawa State on Monday in Lafia, paraded two suspects for alleged kidnapping of a minor at Mararaba in the Karu Local Government Area of the state.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Abayomi Akeremale, who paraded the suspects, said that the abductors were part of a five-man gang who robbed one Nkereuwem Thompson, a civil servant.
The police boss said that Thompson was robbed at Aso ‘C’ in Mararaba on Jan. 22, this year.
Akeremale explained that apart from kidnapping, the suspects also robbed their victim and his family of their belonging, including cars, laptop, mobile phones and N150 000, at gun point.
The police commissioner added that the suspects demanded N10 million as ransom for the release of the kidnapped minor.
He said that the mother of the minor pleaded with the suspects to spare her child for all their property but that they ignored her overture and took the boy to an unknown destination.
Akeremale said the police swung into action by setting up a search party immediately the case was reported at the Mararaba Police Station.
He said that acting on a tip off, the gang was trailed to an uncompleted building at Orange Market in Mararaba, where one of the gang members was arrested, while three others escaped.
The commissioner said that information from the arrested suspect led to the rescue of the minor in an uncompleted building at Jikwoyi in Abuja.
He said that the boy had since been reunited with his parents while further investigation led to the arrest of another suspect at Dutse Alhaji in the FCT.
Among items recovered from the hideout of the gang in Mararaba, he said were one barrette pistol, one locally made revolver pistol, seven rounds of 0.9mm live ammunition ATM and ID cards belonging to one Akpan.
Akeremale said that investigation was still on to arrest other members of the gang, adding that the police would charge them to court after the investigation.
He called for the cooperation from members of the public to supply the police with useful information to enable it rid the state of criminals.
Meanwhile, one of the suspects, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) confessed to having committed the crime, attributing his action to desperate bid to get money to treat cancer.
He claimed that he had cancer of the scrotum and needed money for medical attention.
The suspect said that his friend cashed in on the his situation to lure him into armed robbery to raise the money.
He, however, said that he was not in support of kidnapping the boy, saying it was the idea of the leader of the gang now at large.