- Mukaila Alatunse was apprehended by the police while attempting to kidnap one Precious Ogundiran
- He claimed he and his seven children were suffering
- He said he was inspired by Evan's wealth to be a kidnapper
A suspected kidnapper, Mukaila Alatunse, has revealed that his attempt to take one Precious Ogundiran captive for ransom was inspired by the crimes committed by notorious kidnapper, Evans.
The Punch reports that Mukaila had attempted to kidnap the daughter of a lecturer who lived in the Ijoko area in the hope of getting N5 million ransom but the operation was foiled by the police.
The father of seven had discussed his plan to kidnap the young lady with a vigilante member but the latter reported the case to the victim’s father who also informed the police.
A source revealed that the police laid ambush for the suspected kidnapper at a hotel in Agbado where he and the vigilante member were supposed to meet.
The source said: “The police team asked the vigilante to call the suspect on the telephone, and tell him that the lady had been kidnapped. He agreed to come down to the hotel so they could contact the father for a ransom. The father is a senior lecturer at NOUN.
“While he was with the vigilante at the hotel, the team hanged around. The vigilante told him that the victim had been kept somewhere and that they should discuss about the ransom.
“He said they would request N5m from the lecturer and that he would take 60 per cent of the money while the vigilante would get 40 per cent. The operatives swooped on him in the process. He has confessed to the crime.”
The arrested suspect said he wanted to make millions of dollars like Evans whom he read about which was why he ventured into crime.
He said: “I am also a commercial motorcycle rider and the vigilante rode on my motorcycle on June 16 in the evening. We were discussing how kidnapping had become a way of making quick money. I explained to him how Evans made a lot of money from kidnapping and suggested we should also try our luck.
“I told him that I knew a lecturer, who had one child, and that we would make millions of naira from the man if we kidnapped his daughter. He said he was also interested and we exchanged contacts. He asked me to provide him with information about the girl, especially her phone number, while he promised to look for more persons to facilitate the kidnapping.
“It was on Monday that he called me on the telephone that the girl had been kidnapped and that I should come to a hotel in Agbado to discuss the ransom. We were in the hotel when the police arrested us. On getting to the station, I realised that it was a set-up.”
Alatunse said things had been difficult for him and his family in the last three months .
“I have seven children with two wives. One of my wives died recently and I don’t have money to take care of the children. This is the first time I would attempt kidnapping. I am appealing for mercy,” the suspect stated.
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Abimbola Oyeyemi who is the Ogun state police spokesperson said the case has been transferred to the anti-kidnapping section.
He said: “The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Illiyasu, has directed that the case should be transferred to the anti-kidnapping section of the command for discreet investigations.”
NAIJ.com had reported that the governor of Ebonyi state David Umahi suggested an 'appropriate' punishment for kidnappers in Nigeria.
Umahi said all kidnappers across the country deserve death penalty.
Speaking in Abakaliki during an anti-corruption summit organized by the state government, Umahi said such punishment will deter other who intend too join the trade.
Addressing the enormity of the crimes perpetrated by Kidnappers, the governor said the Kidnappers are the worse people on earth.
Watch a NAIJ.com TV video focusing on Evans and his exploit: