Police in Akwa Ibom State in the south-south region of Nigeria Friday paraded a woman who allegedly arranged the kidnapping of her husband.
Forty-year-old Joy Emmanuel told the police she organised the abduction of Emmanuel Ebong for starving her of sex and refusing to provide for his family.
Joy and the kidnappers collected the sum of N2m as ransom for her husband’s release, state commissioner of police, Olatoye Durosinmi, told the media.
Durosinmi added that the police command would do whatever it takes to stamp out criminals and criminality in the state.
Speaking to the media, Joy said circumstances forced her to plan the kidnapping of Ebong who hails from Ntak Obio Akpa in Oruk Anam Local Government Area.
”I did menial jobs to fend for the family,” she said. “I arranged his kidnap because I needed money to take care of the family. Unfortunately I was not given the ransom money after the abduction was successful.”
Joy added that one Udo Moji, who’s currently at large, was the ringleader of the gang she engaged for the operation.
”They collected the money from me and never gave anything to me,” she said. “Some members of the group who were arrested while spending the money mentioned my name to the police.”
Also speaking, Ebong recalled he was kidnapped from his house around 8.30 p.m. on July 21.
“They took me out of my compound in a mini bus,” he said. “They kept me for four days and demanded the sum of N2m as ransom.”
He added: “They took me me to Etinan where they caged me. I am very fortunate that the police came on a rescue operation.
‘They collected N2million from me. The police later recovered about N500,000 from them.”