A housewife, Memunat Salaudeen, has been arrested by Police in Ogun state for allegedly planning with three others to kidnap her husband.
The suspects were apprehended on Monday along Papa/Itori road while men of the Federal Highway Patrol Team, led by Inspector Sunday Imohiosen, were on stop and search duty. The team accosted three young men namely: Olayinka Lawal, Asungba Nura and Usman Oluwatoyin, who the police said looked highly suspicious.
According to a statement issued by DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the command’s Public Relations Officer, the suspects were on a motorcycle when they were stopped to be searched.
While searching them, a cutlass and a new rope were recovered. The team quickly separated them and questioned them individually about their mission in the area bearing a rope and cutlass. The three of them gave different answers to the question and this further sparked the suspicion of the policemen, who then decided to interrogate them more.
In the course of interrogation, the three suspects confessed that it was a woman, who was later identified as Memunat Salaudeen, that gave them the sum of N8,000 to buy a cutlass and a rope strong enough to tie a human being.
They confessed further that Mrs Salaudeen is a nurse at Balogun Tuntun Gas line in the Ifo area of the state. According to the suspects, she asked them to hide somewhere along the road and that she will lure her husband to the place where they will kidnap him and ask for a ransom.
They further informed the police that Mrs Salaudeen said the operation is the only way for her to get money out of her husband, who she accused of being very stingy despite having money. The kidnappers also revealed that they were on their way to execute the plan before security operatives intercepted them.
The police said the woman was subsequently brought to the scene, and on seeing the arrested suspects, she admitted to the crime. She told the policemen that her husband has not been giving her money and that she decided to plan his kidnapping in order to get money from him.
Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the anti-kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.