A 20-year-old young man, Ibrahim Babatunde, has been paraded in Oyo for abducting his father.
Babatunde, alongside three others, Babuga Salihu, 20, Aura Sands, 20 and Amuda Yusufu, 19 were said to have ganged up, abducted Aliyu Babatunde and collected a ransom of N1m.
The state commissioner of police, Abiodun Odude, said Aliyu Babatunde was abducted in Igboora and spent three days in the den of his abductors. He was released after the family paid the N1m ransom.
The 20-year-old said he was lured into kidnapping after his father didn't bother to take care of his children.
“My father married many wives and he doesn’t care for us. We are left to fend for ourselves. So, I think the only way to get money out of him is to organise his abduction and force him to part with the money. We collected N1m as ransom from our family.”
While revealing how the crime was planned and executed, Babatunde said he invited his friends after he was sure that the plan would succeed. Odude said:
“The victim was eventually taken to an unknown place where he was kept for some days by his abductors who later demanded ransom as a condition for his release.
"Initial arrest of one of the suspects by combined efforts of the local vigilante group , the police and further discreet investigation carried out by operatives of the Special Squad led to subsequent arrest of the kingpin and other members of the gang at their various hideouts in the state.”