A 27-year-old man, identified as Isah Ibrahim, has been paraded by the police in Osun for allegedly masterminding the kidnap of his father, Ibrahim Adamu, who eventually died in the kidnappers’ den.
According to Police Commissioner in the state, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, the suspect, on April 17, 2018 reportedly conspired with one Jolaanobi Saheed and three others to kidnap his father for ransom at Owode-ede.
He explained that the kidnappers later killed the victim after collecting three million naira from the victim’s family, and buried him in a shallow grave near a river.
Adeoye said the prime suspect, Saheed was later apprehended by the police and charged to court, but eventually released on bail.
“Our detectives swung to action immediately the matter was reported to us, we made an headway and arrested the prime suspect, he eventually jumped bail after releasing him on bail by the court.
“Other two accomplices were arrested as we continue to launch a manhunt for the prime suspect, the two suspects we are parading now include the person that dug the shallow grave in which the victim was said to have been buried at a river bank.
“Unfortunately, we have not been able to recover the body of the deceased, may be it has been washed away by water, we don’t know.
“The suspects promised to give the son of the deceased a sum of five hundred thousand naira initially, but later shortchanged him and gave him 45,000 out of three million naira they collected from the family.
“So, this young man sold his father to death for the sum of 45,000 only” Adeoye lamented.
The son of the deceased, while fielding questions from newsmen, said the initial plan he had with the gang was not to kill his father but to collect money from him.
He expressed regret over the incident, saying his father hostile disposition towards him compelled him to seek for means to “punish” him.
Meanwhile, the mother of the prime suspect, alongside his younger brother and pastor were paraded on Tuesday.