The FCT Command of the Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested four suspected kidnappers over the alleged kidnap and
a woman at Gwagwalada area in the territory.
Briefing newsmen on
the arrest on Tuesday, Ibrahim Halilu, the Assistant Director in charge
of Operations at the command, named the victim as Mrs Edith Chunedu.
said that the late Chinedu, a proprietress of Chelson Group of Schools
and Chief Executive Officer of Grants Micro Finance Bank, was kidnapped
at her residence in Gwagwalada on June 29.
murdered and buried her in a bush after Yangoji village along
Kwali-Lokoja expressway two hours later for recognising one of them,” he
Halilu said that the suspects admitted that they committed
the crime and had agreed to lead operatives of the command to where they
buried the woman for the corpse to be exhumed.
He added one of the arrested suspects was the driver to the deceased.
30th June, 2014, the kidnappers contacted her relations and demanded N5
million for her release. On 6th July, 2014, the sum of N2 million
converted to 11,500 dollars was dropped for the kidnappers around
Obajana road, Lokoja, Kogi, by the relations without informing the
“Consequently, the service initiated measures which led to the arrest of the four kidnappers’’ he said.
an interview with newsmen, one of the suspects admitted that they
kidnapped the woman, but did not have intention of killing her.
“We kidnapped her but we never had the intention of killing, we kidnapped her because the driver said we should kidnap her.
(victim) slumped on the way to where we were taking her, so when we
called the driver, the driver said that there is no need since she has
seen our faces.
“It is better she should go (die) instead of
coming back home to come and meet him again, that is what led to the
whole thing,” the suspect alleged.
He said the woman was strangled
to death. The suspect said that two of them got a share of N500,000
each of the ransom, while the driver received N200,000.
He said other suspects and another at large were yet to get their share before they were arrested.
On his part, the driver suspect said that he was lured into kidnapping her employer by the other suspects.