In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 21st, August, 2020

Why I Grew to become A Kidnapper

Why I Became A Kidnapper

 Adetokunbo Adenopo

Pastor Adetokunbo Adenopo


A pastor, Adetokunbo Adenopo, 52 has confessed on digicam why he determined to change into a kidnapper. 


Whereas confessing on tape after being arrested by the police, Adenopo mentioned he wished cash to develop his church. That was the rationale behind him partaking in kidnapping.


He additionally added that he wished to make use of cash he received from kidnapping to do works of charity.


The pastor additionally shared particulars how he kidnapped a dispatch rider.


We had earlier reported that Police Operatives of the Nigeria Police Pressure (NPF) Intelligence Response Group (IRT) had arrested a 52-year-old pastor Adetokunbo Adenokpo for allegedly abducting a dispatch rider, Jonathan Ekpo, and detaining him in an underground facility in his church in Shagamu.


Pressure Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, paraded Adenokpo, final month, alongside 34 different suspects for different crimes on the Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) Headquarters.


He mentioned the dispatch rider with Glory Grasp Logistics distributes Endlessly Dwelling merchandise and was kidnapped by Adenokpo, who’s the Basic Overseer of New Life Church of God situated at Lukosi, in Shagamu Space of Ogun state and his gang when he went to ship some objects at his church.


In line with Mba, “Notable among the many arrests is a criminally minded pastor Adetokumbo Adenopo, 52, Founder and Basic Overseer of New Life Ministry, Lukosi, in Shagamu Space of Ogun state and three different members of his prison gang particularly: Chigozie Williams, 22, a local of Umuahia North, Abia state; Ugoji Linus, 30, a local of Ezinifite in Imo state; and Emmanuel Chris Ani, 27, a local of Aniri in Enugu state; all accountable for the kidnap for ransom of 1 Jonathan Ekpo, 35, from Benue state.

“Curiously, the pastor instructed Police operatives that he launched into the crime for the growth of his church and charity works.

“The sufferer, an worker of a logistic firm was kidnapped on July 17, 2020, whereas on official obligation to ship items in Shagamu, Ogun state.

“The sufferer was saved in an underground cabin contained in the Pastor’s church constructing in Ogijo City, Ogun state, by his abductors who demanded the fee of twenty million naira ransom as situation for his launch.”


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The spokesperson mentioned the sufferer was subsequently rescued, unharmed, 9 days after and reunited together with his household by the Police.


Fielding questions from journalists, the pastor claimed he was 22 years within the ministry having being ordained in Ibadan, said: “In my church we do charity, the place I share meals and palliative to individuals and this grew to become stronger throughout the COVID-19. I felt pity for individuals and I don’t have any cash in my account and folks nonetheless come to me for assist.”


He mentioned the underground facility the place he detained Jonathan was constructed when he was attacked by some individuals someday in the past and it was for him to flee into each time the church was beneath assault.


“A couple of weeks in the past we have been wanting funds. So I had the thought of doing one thing for Ileya (charity) so I can get some baggage of rice and beans and palm oil and different issues to share, and doubtless with a ram, which we are able to lower and provides to poor individuals and we thought we should always get cash from the wealthy firms after which increase cash and use it to deal with poor individuals.

“The three of us have been concerned within the kidnap of Jonathan with the hope of elevating funds for the Ileya. I injected him as a result of he was struggling I didn’t need him to be injured,” the pastor additional said.


Equally, the Police additionally arrested one Udodiri Vivid aka Means, 30, a local of Osuachara Village, Isiala Mbano LGA of Imo state, and three others, Ekwuru Shadrack aka Escobar, 26, a local of Arondizuogu Village in Okigwe LGA of Imo state; Chimerie Igwe aka 4real, 30, a local of Umucheke Village in Orlu LGA of Imo state; and Chibuike Sunday, 28, outdated from Arondizuogu of Imo state.

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The Spokesperson mentioned they have been arrested on July 5, 2020, for abducting and killing a Nigerian US Soldier, Chuks Okebata, who was in Nigeria on holidays in his residence city, Okigwe, in 2017.

“The suspects, who’re one of many foremost kidnapping teams terrorising the South japanese a part of the nation have been arrested 31 months after, following intensive manhunt by the Police staff,” Mba said


He mentioned, “The Police staff additionally arrested a 9-man trans-boundary armed theft and automobile snatching syndicate led by one Yakubu Hayatu, 30, from Borno state; alongside members of his gang: Adamu Awalu, 28, from Kano state; Abdulrahman Yakubu, 23, from Zaria; and Yususf Adamu, 22, from Zaria.

“Others are: Kamal Japhet, 22 from Katsina; Abubakar Samaila, 20, from Zaria; Muhammadu Abdulahi, 20, from Zaria; Yahaya Mohammed, 18, from Kaduna state; and Ibrahim Abubakar, 21, from Kwara.

“Investigations reveal that the syndicate has snatched over thirty unique vehicles at gun level and killed two Policemen. They use anti-tracker units to evade arrest and ship the automobiles to at least one Alhaji Garba in Maradi, Niger Republic. Eighteen automobiles have thus far been recovered by the Police staff. The staff is working with the INTERPOL to apprehend Alhaji Garba and to recuperate the remaining automobiles.”


He mentioned displays recovered from the suspects embrace: 4 Ak47 rifles; one FMC rifle; one pump motion gun; two double barrel weapons; one beretta pistol; 4 AK47 journal; six cartridges; 378 rounds of dwell ammunition; one Community Jammer (anti-tracker gadget), amongst others.

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