The Kogi State police command has foiled an attempt by a brother to kidnap his elder sister for a ransom, over alleged failure to offer him financial assistance.
Ahmed Momoh, 35, a native of Auchi in Edo State, with two others, had planned to kidnap her sister and demand for a ransom of N500,000.
Momoh, who gave the name of the sister as Pamela Okorie, said though she was rich, she always turned him down anytime he demanded for financial assistance.
He disclosed that the best way to get money from his sister was to kidnap her and demand a ransom, as, he said, he planned to teach his sister “a lesson.”
Momoh, while he was paraded at the police command headquarters, told newsmen that “anytime I ask for any assistance from my sister, she would not give me, in spite of her wealth. I discussed it with my two other friends and decided to go and kidnap her anytime she comes from Lagos.
“I collected N30,000 from my account in the bank for the purpose of procuring ammunition for the kidnap, as I wanted to teach her a lesson and I would have killed her if she refused to pay the ransom.”
While parading the suspects before newsmen on Tuesday, the state Commissioner of Police, Hillary Opara, said Momoh was a notorious kidnapper based in Port Hacourt, Rivers State.
He said on July 17, Momoh had trailed her sister to Auchi, because he learnt that she was coming home for the weekend, adding that “on getting home, he met one Desmond (now at large) and gave him N30,000 to procure some fire arms for the operation, after recruiting one Tijani Saliu of Ekperi-Auchi in Edo State.
“They discovered that the procured firearm had to be serviced and they needed more ammunition for the operation to succeed, so they proceeded to Okene, Kogi State, to a friend who had promised to assist before they were intercepted by crack detectives at the Ozuri-Obangede-Ogaminana road.”
Items recovered from them, according to the police boss, included a Nissan Sunny with registration number AL 370 HAD, one locally made pistol, two live ammunition and one locally made catridge pistol.
Also paraded were 15 robbery suspects and five others, who were caught selling Indian hemps at Crusher, a suburb of Lokoja, the state capital.