A 33-year-old driver, Taiwo Aduloju, who was recently arrested for kidnapping a Chinese employee of ZTE Nigeria Ltd, said he took the action to avenge the sacking of his colleague.
Aduloju was arrested alongside nine others-, Jimoh Olalere, Rotimi Segede, Michael Sunday, Chigozie Edeh, Adeyinka Jagbojagbo, Kabiru Jagbojagbo, Adeshina Mutiu, Ope Dada and Ufot Akan- in Ajah area of Lagos State.
Adeloju, said, “The head of the drivers, who we call Papa, was sacked unjustly by the company. He was given only N15, 000 as severance package. I decided that I would avenge this injustice meted out to Papa.”
The suspect said with the connivance of 14 others, he was able to kidnap a senior Chinese employee of the company, Mr. Kuang Yingjun. He said the plan was to get a ransom of N35m so that Papa would be given part of the money.
He also said, “After I left the company in February, I met with Edeh at Obalende and we planned to kidnap a Chinese employee and demand ransom from the company. We needed an insider, so I involved Akan, who still works with the company. I put together a 13-man gang for the job.
One day, after Akan dropped off the Chinese at home, he called us and gave us the green light. Yingjun was in front of his house when we got there around 6.30pm. We grabbed him and drove off.
Sources learnt that the kidnappers initially demanded N35m from the company but after negotiating with the family of the victim, they received N8.5m.
Adeloju said, “I gotN1.5m as my share. Unfortunately, I could not locate Papa so he did not get part of the money.”