The Police Command in Edo State has nabbed two members of a notorious text-message kidnap syndicate.
The suspects were apprehended by the operatives of the Anti kidnapping And Cybercrime unit of the command through high technology and intelligence gathering.
It was learnt that the suspects identified as Ehis Joshua and Mallam Zingbon, belong to a syndicate that involves in sending abduction and assassination threat text messages to ladies, asking them to pay ransom or be kidnapped, raped and killed.
According to report from Standard Gazette crime correspondent, Festus Alenkhe, one of the suspects Mallam Zingbon, who hails from Plateau, was interviewed by a female entrepreneur who was to engage him as a private driver in Benin City.
Nevertheless, on the day of his resumption, the suspect, who already had his employer’s contact number, called to say he was no longer interested in the job. By then he allegedly contacted some gang members who encouraged him to issue the woman with kidnap and death threat texts.
Zingbon according to report, called the woman, threatened to abduct, rape and kill her if she didn’t pay a ransom. In a series of text messages, Zingbon described the clothes the woman was wearing in an attempt to threaten her to submission.
The woman reportedly moved to another city out of fear for her life. It was there she informed the police, who used an advanced tracker to trace the suspects to their hideouts.
The woman while Speaking to Standard Gazette, said she was shocked to learn the identity of one of her tormentors.
“I have a clean heart and wanted to employ the suspect but unknown to me that he has a different mindset. I must thank the police for saving me because I was now lodging in different hotels in Benin City and environs.” she narrated.
Mallam, the primary suspect claimed that he was misled by his friends and begged for forgiveness
“I was advised by my friends to get a telephone number to threaten the womàn so that she can give me some money. I am a security guard now in a house in the GRA in Benin city and l plead for forgiveness.”
The second suspect Ehis, on his part, said, “my offence now is because I gave my Bank account number to Mallam for the illicit act. I regret it, please.”
SP Bello Kontongs, spokeman of the command, advised anyone facing similar threats to report to the police for prompt action.
“I got a signal on the incident, and I can confirm that two suspects were arrested for threat to kidnap using text messages and phone calls. The two suspects will be charged to court soon.” he stated.