The Nigeria Police Force Intelligence Response Team has arrested 36-year-old Cyril Isong, a graduate of Information Technology at the Federal University of Minna, Niger State, for kidnapping a federal lawmaker.

According to Vanguard, Isong stated that he chose to go into kidnapping for two reasons; to sustain his family’s standard of living and out of personal vendetta.

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Apart from the member of the House of Representatives, he had other victims, but the suspect confessed that he kidnapped the lawmaker because he enticed his wife with money, when it became apparent he (Isong) could no longer fend for his family.

The suspect was arrested by operatives in Akwa Ibom state, one year after the abduction of the House of Representatives member.

He was said to have made away with two thousand dollars and N65,000, found in the legislator’s car and pocket with other valuables, before he was released.

Immediately after his release, the lawmaker, whose identity was not revealed, petitioned the Inspector-General of Police explaining that he received a call on August 4, 2020, where the caller identified himself simply as Sani and claimed he was a former member of the National Assembly between 2003 and 2005.

He stated that the caller (Sani) claimed he had some health challenges and was advised to contact the lawmaker who was working directly with the Speaker of the House of Representatives and in charge of the affairs of former members of the house.

“On the agreed date, he came and we tied him up. I did not speak throughout so that he wouldn’t recognise my voice. We searched him and took all the valuables and cash found on him. He refused to call his family for more money. Rather, he requested our account number. But I knew that would implicate us. So, we untied him and allowed him to go. We did not beat him. It was at the police station that I learnt the boys that I hired took some dollars from his car” the suspect narrated.


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