Bello Mohammed, a suspected kidnapper, has explained that Osondu Nwachukwu, a sachet water factory owner in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, was killed after he discovered their sponsor.
The suspect was arrested on March 11 by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team after the matter was reported.
Mohammed and four other members at large identified simply as Maikano, Dogo, Hassan and Jubril reportedly carried out the act.
City Round reports that the gang kidnapped Nwachukwu from his house and contacted his wife to pay N5 million ransom. The wife reportedly appealed to them to collect N40,000 and was told to drop the money at a designated point in the bush. However, before she delivered it, they had killed her husband and put his remains in a sack after butchering him.
The suspects were about to dispose of the remains in a bush in the Bukan Koto area along Makurdi Maraba-Ankunza road when some men, who were going to a mosque to pray, saw them conveying the sack in a wheelbarrow. They reportedly abandoned the sack and ran away when the worshippers, who were suspicious of the gang, demanded to know the content.
Mohammed, 37, a farmer married with two wives and eight children, said his brother-in-law, Dogo, persuaded him to join the kidnap gang when he (Mohammed) complained that things were hard for him. He explained that an unnamed Igbo man in Lafia contracted the gang to kidnap Nwachukwu.
“He told us that the man owned sachet water business but was stingy. He assured us that the man would pay at least N10m because he was rich. He gave us all the details about his movement and advised that the best place to abduct him was his house.
“We went into his house on three motorbikes around 8.30pm and loitered around his compound. Meanwhile one of us waited for him at the factory area and followed him home. It was the gang member who alerted us that they were on the way to the house.
“As soon as he drove into his compound around 9pm, we followed and overpowered him. We searched his house for valuables and dragged him along. We carried him on our bikes and threatened to kill him if he raised the alarm. When we got to a spot, we stopped and trekked for hours into Bukan Koto forest in Lafia.”
“He said the wife was lying and not serious to save the life of her husband. Unfortunately, the man overheard our conversation and was able to identify the person that gave us the job. The man told us to kill him after collecting the money.
“We were ready to spare him but his wife was not making any serious effort. So Dogo got angry and said that he was no longer interested in the job. He used his machete to cut off the man’s head.”
“Dogo butchered him and packed his remains in a sack. Two others and I were given the body to dispose of it at the nearest river. We used a wheelbarrow to carry the butchered body but we were stopped by some Fulani men returning from the mosque. We all left the corpse and ran away. I guess they were the ones who reported the matter to the police,” he said.