Police revealed that the suspects confessed to the crime and said they would have demanded a ransom of N60m from Otungo if their plan had succeeded.
Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested one Sunday Nwankwo and two employees of an oil and gas merchant, Aguizu Chukwu, 19, and Tunde Olaewo, 21, for allegedly planning to kidnap their boss, one Solomon Otungo, in the Ejigbo area of the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Mu’azu, said at a press briefing, on Thursday, that the command mobilised operatives to arrest the suspects at their meeting point, after it received credible intelligence about the alleged plan to kidnap the oil and gas merchant.
He added that the suspects confessed to the crime and said they would have demanded a ransom of N60m from Otungo if their plan had succeeded.
“The police received credible intelligence report that some newly-employed workers of one Solomon Otungo, an oil and gas merchant in the Bucknor area of Ejigbo, Lagos, were holding nocturnal meetings on how they would kidnap and keep their employer incommunicado until a ransom of N60m was paid.
“Based on the information, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Ejigbo Police Station, CSP Olabisi Okuwobi, mobilised police detectives and stormed the venue of the meeting, where Aguizu Chukwu, 19, and Tunde Olaewo, 21, were rounded up and brought to the station.
“The confessional statements of the suspects led to the arrest of one Sunday Nwankwo in the Isolo area of the state. The suspects have confessed to the crime and added that had their plan succeeded, they would have demanded N60m ransom from the businessman’s family.”
The CP added that the suspects would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.