The Police Command in Edo State has nabbed a 19-year-old suspected kidnapper identified as Tajudeen Igikalo, who Kidnapped a teenage girl he met on social media platform, Facebook.
The police personnel also rescued the victim, a 16-year-old Senior Secondary student from Benin City.
It was learnt that the suspect met the teenager online back in February, 2021. They chatted for about a month, after which he invited her to his house at Egba on Benin-Auchi Road in Edo state
On Thursday, 25 March 2021, the girl agreed to meet with Tajudeen in Egba after school hours. To her greatest surprise, the suspect allegedly whisked her away on the spot and she spent seven days in captivity.
Tajudeen then allegedly removed the sim card from her phone and then reached her family demanding N3 million ransom for her release.
He then threatened to sell the girl, (name witheld), to Fulani herders should they fail to pay the ransom.
Four days afterwards, on March 29, the girl’s mother rallied around and got N550,000. On Thursday, 1 April, the victim was rescued at a residential address in Egba on Benin Auchi road after investigators apprehended the suspect.
The victim while speaking to Standard Gazette, narrated her ordeal during the seven days of captivity.
“I met him on Facebook last month. He asked me to visit him, and I never knew he had the plan to kidnap me. I have never had sex before. He raped me twice a day for seven days. I am still in pain now.”
Tajudeen on his part, said he kidnapped the girl because he needed money to sort out some issues.
“I have been chatting with her on Facebook since February 2021, and we agreed to meet. I called the mother for ransom because I need money to sort out some issues. I spent two years in Ghana and returned to Nigeria recently.”
Spokesman of the State Police Command, Contacted, SP Bello Kontongs, who confirmed the arrest, said, the suspect will be arrained in court for kidnapping.
“Our young girls must be very watchful of people they meet on Facebook.” he added.