Suspected kidnapper, Henry Ajie, aged 23, who is currently in police custody for killing Mrs. Igila Sunday at Ohigha commumity in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, has said they killed their victim after collecting N200,000 ransom because of the insistence of her son-inlaw.
Ajie, stated this to journalists while being paraded alongside other suspected criminals by the Rivers State Police Commissioner at the command’s headquarters, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, yesterday. He said the son-inlaw arranged for her kidnap because the husband was paid some money.
Henry, alongside, Bright Ajie, 22, Dandison Ogadinma, 22, and Sampson Dibia, 30 years, were said to have raped and strangulated her to death and then buried her in a shallow grave on January 7 this year after collecting the ransom.
The gang, according to Henry Ajie, had earlier kidnapped and killed one Pastor Chukwukere for preaching repentance, pointing out that his killing was ordered by the younger brother to the pastor.
Ajie said: “we kidnapped one woman in our village and Pastor Chukwukere. It was her son-in-law that brought the job. He said that they paid the father-inlaw some money, that we should go and kidnap the woman so I went and met our Oga, who is known as ‘Straight mind Okala’ so they went and picked the woman and handed her over to us to watch over her.
“For Pastor Chukwukere, it was their last born, the same patents that came and told our gang that Pastor Chukwukere has been disturbing him, so he wants to kill him. We then fixed a date and kidnapped the pastor. My duty is to serve as spy and informant.
“They paid two hundred thousand naira ransom for the woman but the in-law insisted that the woman should be killed, that he does not want the woman to come back. Except these two persons I have not been involved in any other killings.
“I was given only N1,500 out of the N200,000 after our Ogas had used N40,000 to buy goat and share among us.”
Also paraded was one Abigail Frank, from Eleme local government area of the state, who arranged the kidnap of her two children, aged 11 and three, respectively for a N6,000,000 ransom.
According to officer in charge of the matter, she and her accomplice was arrested at the point of payment.
The suspect, who was not straight forward said: “I took my two children, to my sister’s house to collect money but I didn’t receive six million naira. It was out of frustration.
However, her accomplice who gave his name as ThankGod stated that she had told him that she wanted to use the money and reclaim a piece of land she used as collateral to borrow money.
Briefing newsmen on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, CP Musa Kimo, earlier before the parade, the Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Ahmad Muhammad, said the suspects were arrested in connection to kidnap, cult activities and armed robbery, informing that they would be charged to court immediately after the parade.
He said between January to date, the command arrested 52 suspected armed robbers, 34 suspected kidnappers, and 60 suspected cultists. He further stated that 537 assorted ammunition, 105 cartridges and 10 assorted vehicles were recovered from the suspects during the period under review.


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