Why we kidnapped Lagos schoolgirls —Gang Leader

Posted by News Express | 7 March 2016 | 3,279 times

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The leader of the kidnapping gang that abducted three students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary in Ikorodu has revealed that money was the sole reason behind their activities.

Emmanuel Arigidi, who led the group, said while being paraded at the Lagos State House on Sunday that they were motivated by lust for money. He was paraded along with two other suspects: Seun Akanji and Henry.

Deborah Akinayo, Oluwatimilehin Olusa and Tofunmi Popo-Olaniyan were reading in their class on the school premises on Monday evening when they were kidnapped.

Arigidi narrated how the gang abducted the three girls and how disagreement among members of the group might have aided police in rescuing the abducted girls.

“We went to Maya Bridge to enter Canoe and went to the school around 8pm. After we gained entrance into the school, we took away three girls and we took them to our hideout,” Arigidi said.

“But along the line, we had disagreement between ourselves and I was actually the one that started it. I told other members of the gang that what we have done is not good and that I don’t like it.”

Continuing, he said: “I know that security in Lagos State is now tight and I was telling others that there was no way we would get away with this kind of job considering the level of security in the state.

“When I told them that we should end the assignment, other members of the gang threatened to kill me and then I took canoe to run away.

“Three days after I ran away, operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) then arrested me somewhere in Majidun and that was how I told them how we planned the attack.

“One thing I will like to say is that if not for the fact that I was arrested, they would not have seen the girls because I was the one that revealed everything to the police,” he narrated. (The Guardian)

•Photo courtesy of The Guardian shows Emmanuel Arigidi, the leader of kidnapping gang which abducted three secondary school students at Babington Macaulay Junior seminary, Ikorodu, Lagos. He was paraded at the Government House, Alausa, Lagos on Sunday.

Source: News Express

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