A 26-year-old driver, Jeremiah Igiri, who kidnapped his employer’s 4 years old son for a ransom of N20 million, was yesterday paraded by the Rivers State Police Command in Port Harcourt.
While he was going about in search of the missing boy with his mother, it was unknown to her that the driver actually arranged with a lady and two other men to abduct her son. Jeremiah Igiri, who claimed that, it was his first abduction, disclosed to the chagrin of those present at the Police command when he said “I invited a lady and a boy to handle the operation.
When the little boy returned from school and was riding his bicycle, the people I arranged came in. So, I asked him to open the gate and that was how the lady picked him. He added “When my madam came out and was looking for the boy, I also joined her in the search for the boy. The second day I felt bad over what I did as I became troubled seeing my Madam crying and calling the boy’s name.” Igiri said whenever he wanted to reveal the truth, “I always see two men standing in front of my madam with strange faces.
“There was a day my madam and her friend took me in her car and as I was alighting, the friend gave me one thousand naira. I wanted to tell them I was behind the abduction, but a strange face again appeared and I could not say anything.”
The driver said he was alarmed when he heard that the kidnappers were demanding for N20million ransom. “I protested that it was too much. While revealing that he provided the phone lines used in communicating with her madam, Igiri said I told the kidnappers to collect one million but they said they will collect N20 million. I agreed with the kidnappers that if she paid the N20million that I will use my share to go back to school.
Though the Madam did not pay the ransom, Igiri said he would have been given N7million as his share of the ransom. The mother of the four years old boy, Mrs Telalo Georgina, disclosed that it was at the Police station where her driver was invited that he confessed he was behind the abduction.
“I am a lawyer and a Minister of the gospel. I prayed with my anointing oil before I interrogated him at the station. And he confessed to me. “ In a related case, the Police also paraded a 11 year old boy, Chisom Okafor, who was reportedly kidnapped in Anambra state and brought to Port Harcourt in an SUV.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Muhammad, said Police was carrying out stop and search at Eliozu road when the SUV conveying the kidnapped boy suddenly pushed him out and fled. On interrogation the boy said he was taken hostage at Anambra when he went to buy bread for his guardian.