- Some young men have been nabbed recently for reportedly kidnapping victims through Facebook and WhatsApp
- The operatives of the Force Intelligence Response Team arrested four kidnappers in Rivers state, Port Harcourt
- During interrogation, the suspects confessed to the crime of kidnapping, torturing and robbing victims in the state
River state, Port Harcourt- A kidnap syndicate that uses Facebook and WhatsApp to lure their victims, in Port Harcourt have met their waterloo.
The suspects admitted during interrogation to having kidnapped, tortured, assault and robbed their victims.
They admitted that their targets were usually female and that they have successfully collected ransoms from at least ten 10 females since January 2021, with N5 million as their highest ransom.
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The nabbed suspects are identified simply as:
- Izunna Fidelis, aged 21
- Humble Unity Okeregwu, aged 24
- Izuchukwu Nwaobiri, aged 22
- Chibeze Nwike, aged 23.
How they were arrested
According to the Police, for suspects to get the attention of their victims, they take to their respective Facebook pages posing as foreigners working in multinational oil companies in Rivers state and professing love as well as proposing marriage to their Facebook girlfriends, all in a bid to trap them.
The police said their arrest followed a report of kidnapping for ransom and the gang-sexual assault of a 27-year-old lady identified simply as Happiness, on August 28, 2021.
How they operate
According to the leader of the gang, Nwaobiri:
“The first thing we do is to check Facebook profiles for beautiful girls. Then, we would add them to our friend lists. Each of us works on different persons. I would start up a conversation with my supposed girl, exchange pleasantries and tell her that I worked with an oil company. I also asked if she was married or single.
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“It takes time to familiarize with them, say two to three months. Thereafter, we would progress to WhatsApp chats and then telephone calls and when friendship has been established, we will invite them over to the company’s base which is a bush where they would be blindfolded and calls put across to their families.”
Nwaobiri added that:
“I started earlier this year because of circumstances. My mum is late, my dad has a stroke and I have been the one catering for everything. I have been involved in seven cases but succeeded in four.
“We only sleep with our captives if they don’t cooperate. That is if they don’t mount pressure on their relatives to pay ransom.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has solicited the help of Nigerians in locating a suspect who is wanted for alleged fraud.
The anti-graft agency in a statement shared on its official Facebook page on Monday, September 20, declared a 24-year-old identified as Adewale Daniel Jayeoba wanted.
Jayeoba, a native of Ori-Ade local government of Osun state is the marketing director of Wales Kingdom Capital.