DON Awunah, a deputy commissioner of Police and the force Public Relations Officer, said three suspects have been arrested in connection with the abduction and murder of Istifanus Bello Gurama, an employee of Dangote Industries Limited.
Awunah, who confirmed the killing, disclosed that the suspects were arrested in Ogun, Lagos and Kwara states, and that they had confessed to the crime.
The PPRO said: “What happened was that five expatriates of the company were kidnapped and the company went in to negotiation with the kidnappers.
“The victim was detailed to pay the ransom. The kidnappers, after taking the ransom, seized and killed him.
“They had demanded N100m, but they were paid N5.6m. So, it is probable that they were not satisfied with the money.
“Following the incident, the Inspector-General of Police ordered the Critical Investigation Unit to swing into action. The team was able to arrest the kidnappers and recover the corpse of the deceased in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State, where they had their hideout.
“The three suspects – Abubakar Gide, Abdulahi Saliu and Babuga Adamu – were arrested on November 27 and December 3, 2016, at Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State; Epe, Lagos State, and Ajase Forest, Kwara State. Three AK-47 rifles were recovered from them.”
Awunah urged members of the public to exercise restraint in paying ransoms to kidnappers, adding that security agencies should always be carried along during negotiation to avert loss of lives.”
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— Dec 6, 2016 @ 14:58 GMT