Suspected kidnappers of a Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) pastor at Ikorodu yesterday said they made N14.8 million ransom from three victims within three months.
Martins Kowei, 34, Lawyer Repo, 20, Pleasure George, Bamidele Blessing, 26, Monday Lucky, Hope Tamwell, Monday Uyakumig, Saby Dandi and Gadilo Agbajo who were arrested at a hotel in Ijede while planning to kidnap a hotelier claimed poverty forced them into the crime.
The gang, it was learnt, also kidnapped Otunba Lateef Ogunfowora, owner of LatOgun Petroleum in Ijebu Ode. They disclosed that they got N6million, N5million and N3.5million from kidnapping an expatriate and two others at separate occasions in Lagos and Ogun states.
The suspects who were paraded by the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, were said to have had in their possession, two AK47 rifles and six AK47 magazines and 51 rounds of live ammunition, as well as military camouflages which they used for their operations.
Confessing to the crimes, Agbajo, who denied being the gang leader said he was only responsible for sharing the loots in the bush. He said;
Continuing, Agbajo said they usually got their army camouflages from his brother-in-law, a soldier, but added that the said soldier knew nothing about their operations.
But Bamidele denied introducing Agbajo to kidnapping, insisting that the latter was the kingpin.
He said: “I have been living at Ijebu-Ode for one year. Agbajo introduced me into kidnapping. He leads the group and shared every money we made. I was an oil vandal before I became a kidnapper.”
Bamidele, an Ondo state indigene and father of three children said he used his share of the loot to buy a house.
But to George, the group had a boss higher than Agbajo, whom they called OC (leader) of the water group.
He said they rarely saw the said OC, but added that he usually provided the guns used for the operations.
Parading the suspects, Owoseni said: “They have confessed to various crime of vandalism, kidnapping and Armed Robbery, They kidnapped a Pastor (name withheld) and two other men (names withheld). Two Ak47 rifles with six AK47 magazines were recovered from them. Also a Toyota Camry car and military camouflage were recovered from them.