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Police rescue 19-year-old from kidnappers den, arrests two suspects

Valentine Chinyem

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Mathew Isichie Chukwuebuka, 19, has been rescued from ritualists’ den in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The Lagos State Police Command traced the victim to Ibadan, where he was rescued from the two suspects.

Speaking on the development, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana said on July 4, that operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB), followed up on a petition referred to the command by the Force Headquarters, Abuja, to Ibadan, Oyo State.

The suspects, Alhaji Muhibudeen Akorede and his son, Thoa Akorede, were arrested following credible intelligence by the operatives, in support of the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU).

The victim, while sharing his horrible experience at the hands of his abductors, said, he did not know how he got to Ibadan and has been in their custody for a period of nine days without being fed.

“In his statement, the victim stated that he was called with a telephone and he did not know how he got to Ibadan. He said on arrival, he was given something from a black pot to eat and he lost his senses. He said he was ordered to surrender his phone to them, and the phone was programmed to reject any incoming calls except the only line that they were demanding the ransom from.They collected all the money in his possession and were demanding more. He was taken to an ATM point where they withdrew N10,000 from his account. They demanded N30 million to be paid into the victim’s bank account as ransom. The victim has since been reunited with his family. The suspects were charged to court and remanded in prison custody.”