An undergraduate of Kogi State University, Odo Sylvester, has been arrested after he posed as one of the kidnappers of wife of The Sun Deputy Managing Director, Mrs. Toyin Nwosu.
Sylvester(pictured), a 200 level student of Economics was arrested in Kogi in the lecture room, and was on Tuesday paraded before newsmen in Lagos where Mrs. Nwosu was abducted on September 14, 2015 at her home in Festac.
Paraded as one of the suspected kidnappers of the wife of The Sun Deputy Managing Director, Sylvester insisted he only posed as Mrs. Nwosu’s kidnapper so as to extort money from the husband.
He said: “I am not a kidnapper. I do not know what a kidnapper looks like. Greed led me into this. When I read about the kidnap of The Sun DMD’s wife abduction, I decided to hijack the opportunity to play a fast one on her husband in order to raise money to buy some handouts and also furnish my apartment.
“Immediately, I bought a copy of The Sun newspaper and got the number of the DMD from the back page. I dialled the number and demanded for N100,000 from him, saying I would assist him secure the release of his wife. He told me he had N2.5 million on ground as ransom. When I heard that, I became cold because I have never counted a million in my life, let alone N2.5 million.
“He told me to send my account details but I told him I would get back to him. When I called again, I demanded for N2 million.
“Again, I called next day to negotiate on how to get the N2 million, only for him to inform me that some people had called him, claiming they were the abductors. That ended my call to him. This thing started in a day and also ended in one day.
“But to my shock, some plain clothes policemen stormed my school while I was in class and whisked me away. I am not a kidnapper. I never collected any money from them. My intention was just to collect the N100,000 and refund anything more than that.”