The police in Lagos have arrested eight suspected kidnappers, including their victim who turned out to be a suspected duper.
A source at the Area E Police Command, Festac Town, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the suspects had taken their victim to a hotel in the area for a business transaction.
According to the source, the victim had allegedly collected some money from them on the pretext of securing documents to take them to China.
“After waiting for months, the suspects demanded a refund of their money. But the victim had been telling them that his master who will take them to China was away,” the sources said.
NAN learnt that the victim had in an attempt to pacify the group taken them to a hotel in Festac Town.
“After spending about N100,000 on food and drinks on them, and being unable to pay the bill, he dropped his car and left with the gang members,” the source said.
NAN learnt that the victim was later taken to a hideout in Iba area where he was kept in a room, while the group demanded for N10 million from his family.
The source said that the victim allegedly issued the gang a N5 million dud cheque, and promised to pay the balance later.
“While in the house, the victim sent out a distress message on a piece of paper which he threw into the next compound, promising to pay N200,000 to anyone who found the paper and called in the police for his rescue.
“Some one picked the piece of paper and contacted the police at the Ojo Police Station who stormed the place and rescued the victim,” a source told NAN.
NAN also learnt that the victim was later arrested with the suspects following an investigation which revealed that he had allegedly duped the gang members earlier.
“The alleged kidnapping was a way of paying the victim back in his own coin before the police arrested them,” the source said.
Contacted, the Area E Commander, Mr. Dan Okoro, confirmed the incident, saying that investigation was still on.
Okoro threatened to deal ruthlessly with any hotel proprietor within his area of command that harboured criminals and kidnappers.