How We Kidnapped Oniba of Iba Land and Collected N15.1 Million Ransom – Kidnapper



One of the arrested suspected kidnappers who abducted the
Oniba of Iba land, Oba Goriola Oseni, has narrated how they
kidnapped the monarch and successfully collected N15.1
million ramsom before releasing him.
The monarch was released on Saturday by his abductors
after spending three weeks with the kidnappers at the
creek.
The police have arrested two of the suspected kidnappers
and were paraded at the State House, Ikeja, Lagos,
Southwest Nigeria on Sunday. The two suspects are Toba
Forejo and Isaiah Ododomu, both from Ondo State.
Narrating the account to newsmen on how they kidnapped
the oba, Ododomu said nine people went to the palace to
kidnap the Oba on that fateful day.
He gave the name of those who went to the palace to
kidnap the Oba as Toba, Igodo, Mighty, Folly and Sam,
while one Micah who is a leader did not go with them
because he “he has a babe with him at home.”
He explained that the kidnappers were armed with two
AK-47 riffles and three pump action guns which they used
during the kidnapping.
Ododomu, who said he used to be a bunkerer, explained
that since the bunkering business had been stopped, they
decided to go into kidnapping.
He disclosed that the kidnappers first collected N12 million
ransom and later demanded for another ransom and were
given N3.1 million extra, making a total of N15.1 million
which they shared among themselves.
“I am a bunkering man, when this government stopped the
bunkering business, our leaders fomed another group and
we started kidnapping to manage ourselves. I am a married
man and I don’t have any job to cater for my family. When
we started the kidnapping business, whenever they
collected N500,000, they will give me N20,000.
He gave the name of those who went to the palace to
kidnap the Oba as Toba, Igodo, Mighty, Folly and Sam,
while one Micah who is a leader did not go with them
because he “he has a babe with him at home.” He
explained that the kidnappers were armed with two
AK-47 riffles and three pump action guns which they
used during the kidnapping. Ododomu, who said he
used to be a bunkerer, explained that since the
bunkering business had been stopped, they decided to
go into kidnapping.
“After this one, Toba, Igodo, Mighty, these eight people,
went to Iba junction, they kidnapped the king, after they
kidnapped him, they demand for N500 million, after that
they reduced it to N40 million. They gave them N12 million
at the first time. After that we gathered and shared the
money.
“All our senior people got the lion share of the money. They
gave Toba N1 million, all those Igodo, Micah, they collected
N2.5 million and so on; for me, they gave me N100, 000,”
he explained.
He added that after he travelled and came back, some of
them agitated that the money given to them was small and
decided to demand for the remaining N28 million balance,
but noted that he was the one who prevailed on them to
collect anything from the monarh’s family so that they
could disperse before they were arrested.
“I told them that we should collect any amount and decamp
because they can arrest us. Because of me, they agreed to
collect N3.1 million. The family of the oba brought the
money and they dropped it for us at Igbehinadun water side.
We went there and brought the money and they gave me
N100,000. Toba and the others shared the remaining
money. Our base of operation is at Izegemo creek in Ikotun
area,” he explained.
Ododomu said he was the one who paddled the Oba on the
water to Iba while the others fled and that he was arrested.
One of the prime suspects, Toba Ferejo, also said they were
nine people who kidnapped the monarch, saying that he
was arrested at Iyana School area.

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