By Bose Fatoki, Lagos
Two suspects in the kidnapping of pupils and staff members of the Nigerian Turkish International Colleges have allegedly confessed to being behind the recent abductions of a monarch and some landlords in Isheri area of Lagos.
According to the police in the state, ringleaders Philip Kakadu, alias General Kakadu, and Romeo Council, alias Raw, were apprehended in Warri, Delta State on Thursday by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abba Kyari.
A police source said Kakadu, 29, from Egbema and his gang member, Raw, 40, from Bomadi Local Government in Delta State, were arrested in Warri.
Other suspects were also said to be undergoing screening in connection with the abduction.
The police said General Kakadu introduced bank robbery and kidnappings to pipeline vandals and that they were behind many kidnappings and bank robberies in Lagos, Ogun and the South South states
“General Kakadu has confessed he was responsible for the Lekki, Ikorodu, Festac and Agbara bank robberies in Lagos. He has also confessed he was responsible for the kidnapping of Oniba of Iba, Isheri landlords and many others in Ogun State.
“He also mentioned the names of five of his boys who participated in the Turkish International School kidnap. He has 25 AK 47 rifles. With their arrest, we believe their boys holding the victims in the creeks would surrender,” the source said.
Gunmen stormed the school on Friday night and abducted 10 students and staff. They include a Turkish Mathematics teacher identified as Miss Deria; the House mistress, Miss Rashida Ibrahim and the cook identified as Miss Shekura.
Others were female students, Rebecca Agu in Senior Secondary School (SSS) 2 Nwosu Teslie in Junior Secondary School (JSS) 1, Zainab Olatubosun in JSS 2, Rodia Amina and Aderitan Alnad, both scholarship students of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB and two unnamed persons.
It was learnt on Monday that the kidnappers had reduced their demand of N1.2 billion ransom to N750 million.
Relatives of the Nigerian victims were requested to pay N50 million each while N200 million was demanded as ransom for that of the Turkish Mathematics teacher, Miss Deria.