From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Kaduna state police Command has arrested one Joseph for butchering 15 year-old Stepen Anya after collecting N1.5m ransome from his father
Joseph who was among the 207 suspects paraded by Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri, yesterday said he was lured into the crime by his friend, George who is on the run.
According to him, the said George came to his house in Gonin-Goro in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state, and begged to squatt with him because he was on a business in Kaduna from Jos.
Joseph added that after much persuasion, he agreed to accommodate George who paid N7,000 to him.
He further explained that his friend disappeared and reappeared after six months. And after three weeks stay George asked him to follow him to Onitsha, to consult a marabout who would prepare a charmed ring that would make them rich.
“The marabout demanded N1million each from us, and we could only pay for George who promised me that after he started making the money, we would returned for my own ring.
“When we got back to Kaduna, George disappeared and I do not know his whereabouts even as I speak. Neither did I know he is a kidnapper until the Police raided my house and discovered the face mask that he usually wear during operations,” he said.
But in a sharp reaction, the father of the abducted, slain teenager; Chief Eguaku Anya, described Joseph as blatant liar and unrepentant criminal, saying it was him and his friend that raided my house in May, 2020 and abducted my son.
He said they carted away all handsets in the house including his car. According to the bereaved father, Joseph was the first person to contact him using his handset demanding a ransome of N40million. After much pleading that I don’t have such amount, he settled for N1.5million which we subsequently paid.
“After collecting N1.5m Joseph switched off all his handsets, only for him to call demanding for N3million, which he later reduced to N1.7m.
“But I gave him a condition that this amount could only be given if I heard the voice of my son or he disclosed where we could pick him up in exchange for the money.
“Joseph gave us a location and I want there with my brother, and sensing foul play we fled for the fear of our lives. We later involved the police who swing in action and within three days the suspect was arrested. I identified him as the one who raided my home and also reside in the community,” he said.
However the police confirmed that the boy has been killed and dismembered before calling the father for a ransome. The police added that the fleeing accomplice will be arrested and both will be charged to court very soon.