- An operator of Point of Sale (POS), Gadimoh Ofei Bright, has been arrested in connection with a kidnap case in Edo state
- Bright reportedly confessed that he usually helps kidnappers collect ransom from their victim's families
- In the case under investigation, the POS operator helped the kidnappers collect over N1 million from the victims' family
The police in Edo state have arrested an operator of Point of Sale (POS) accused of assisting armed robbers/kidnappers to collect money from victims’ bank accounts.
The 29-year-old suspect named Gadimoh Ofei Bright (29) was arrested on Tuesday, March 23, at Igarra in Akoko-Edo local government area following discrete investigation through technical intelligence on a kidnap case, PM News reported.
Legit.ng gathers that in the said case under investigation, several persons were kidnapped and robbed around Ugbowo axis of Benin City.
Money was transferred from the victims’ bank accounts as ransom to another bank account before they were released.
A statement by the command‘s spokesman, SP Kontongs Bello, indicates that the arrested POS operator confessed to helping robbers to receive money from their victims.
He said he received the sum of N1, 130,000 in the current case under investigation from the victims’ family before he was released.
Exhibits recovered from him include two POS machines, 11 ATM cards with different names, five mobile phones with SIM cards and the sum of N156,000 cash.
Meanwhile, some gunmen on Wednesday, March 24, raided residents of Kiyi town in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), abducting at least four persons.
One Mr Salami Olalekan who is reportedly a member of staff of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCTA) is among the kidnap victims.
Legit.ng learns that William Salami, an elder brother of the victim, said the kidnappers made a demand of N200 million, N50 million for each hostage.
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