The operatives of Federal Capital Territory Police Command have arrested a suspected kidnapper, Ibrahim Tunbow who used the phone of a teenager to negotiate ransom from the victim’s relative.
The FCT Command Spokesperson, Josephine Adeh has since confirmed the incident to the newsmen. According to the report, Tunbow, was arrested on Monday afternoon and was accused of using a phone belonging to a 17-year-old boy in the Kwali area of the FCT to negotiate and collect ransom from the relations of a victim.
It was gathered that the suspect offered the teenager N30, 000 after he received the ransom, but the boy rejected the money.
A resident of the area who pleaded anonymity for security reasons told newsmen that the suspect threatened to kill the boy should he open up to anyone he uses his phone for calls.
The source added that the boy was scared by the threat and told his parents about the issue while the parent informed and reported the matter to the police.
“What happened was that Tunbow first asked the 17-year-old boy to allow him to use his phone to make calls that his phone was faulty. He made friends with him and subsequently started using the boy’s phone for calls, and sometimes he received calls demanding to speak with Tunbow”, the source said.
“As soon as he receives the calls, he won’t be seen around for some time. Recently, he brought N30,000 and gave to the boy. The boy asked what the money was meant for, Tunbow said it was his share out of the money he made from those calls he normally received using his phone”, he continued.
“The boy refused to collect the money. He threatened to kill him if he tells anyone that he uses his phone to receive and make calls. The boy was scared and explained everything that happened to his parents. The matter was reported to the police. Tunbow was arrested yesterday afternoon ”, the anonymous source concluded.
The FCT Command Spokesperson, Josephine Adeh, confirmed the arrest, adding that efforts were ongoing to arrest others while contacted by the newsmen.
“Tunbow has been arrested, and he is in our custody. He confessed to using the boy’s phone to make calls during interrogation. He also confessed to being behind some of the abductions in Yangoji, Sahda, and Killankwa. We have intensified efforts to arrest other members of his gang”, Josephine said.
She also warned the public from giving out their phones to strangers for use as some are evil perpetrators and one may not know the kind of transaction such person may be doing with one’s phone.
“We want to use this medium to caution residents to be mindful of giving their phones to strangers to make calls. Parents should also caution their children against giving their phones to strangers “, Josephine warned.