By James Sowole in Akure
The Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police at the weekend paraded some suspected criminals including one Philip Isiga alleged to be one of the abductors of two reverend sisters, Perpetual Apo and Roseline Familade and their driver, Mr. Zwugwa Zibai.
The two sisters and their driver were abducted on May 15, 2016 on the Benin-Ijebu Ode Expressway at Kajola village in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State but were released a week after.
Parading Isiga along with some other suspects at the headquarters of the command in Akure, the state Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Hilda Harrison, explained that Isiga was involved in the abduction of the sisters.
“I want to state that Ondo State has zero tolerance for hoodlums and we will ensure that the state is free from all forms of criminalities. I therefore enjoin our people to always inform the police whenever they see any crime committed around them,” she said.
Isiga in an interview said he was given a sum of N50,000 from the money realised from the abduction of the sisters and their drive
The 25-year-old suspect from Delta State said he was introduced to the business of kidnapping by one Ufoma, who was said to have been arrested too but currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in the state.
Ufoma was also alleged to be the leader of the kidnapping syndicate in the area, and was also said to have participated in all the abduction that had occurred in the local government area.
Isiga said: “When my pure water business was not moving well again, Ufoma came to me and advised me to join him in his business, I didn’t know it was a kidnapping work. I stayed in the bush when they abducted the sisters
“Later, Ufoma told me he collected N200,000 from the family of the victims and he gave me N50,000 out of it as my own share.”
On how and where they kept their victims after the abduction, the suspect who lived at Idepe in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State, said he did not participate actively in the kidnapping, saying it was the leader, Ufoma who could answer that question.
To this end, the police commissioner said the command was already on the trail of other fleeing suspects, saying the one arrested would soon be charged to court.