3 siblings were on Friday paraded by the Ondo State Police command, for reportedly kidnapping their church member’s 6-year-old daughter.
The 3 siblings who were arrested while collecting a N720,000 ransom they had allegedly demanded, after kidnapping their church member’s 6-year-old daughter at Oba-Ile in Akure North Local Government area Ondo State, were identified as Joy Ramond, 19; Peace Ramond, 24; Ramond Ayomide,16. They also had an accomplice identified as Akinseye Oluwayomi, 18 a friend of Joy.
The suspects who kidnapped the girl during a meeting at their church, Jehovah Witness Kingdom at Apeju Street, Oba-Ile in Akure North Local Government Area of the state, were arrested by a team of Anti-Kidnapping outfit led by their officer in-charge in Akure.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, who disclosed that the suspects confessed to the crime, told newsmen;
“On Nov. 21st, one Mr Afolabi Oladapo of Sunshine Gardens Oba-Ile, reported that his daughter, Jamama aged six was kidnapped by unknown people in their Church to unknown destination.
“The hostage was released on Nov. 22 after the payment of N720,000 by the parent of the victim.
“Shortly after the payment of the ransom a team of Anti-Kidnapping outfit led by their officer in-charge stormed the venue where the ransom was paid.
“Ramond Joy, Ramond Peace, Ramond Ayomide and Akinseye Oluwayomi were rounded up and the ransom which had already been buried in an uncompleted building was exhume as exhibit,” he said.
Joy who was identified as the brain behind the kidnap, however claimed that he only took the girl home for safety, after he saw her wandering outside the church.
“The girl normally ran out of kingdom hall whenever we are doing meeting, so, that day I was coming from my working place, I now saw her outside the hall around 7pm.
“I now asked her where was going to and I told her that one day she may be kidnapped with the way was doing.
“So, I now took her home that day and I caller parent number to inform them that there daughter is with me but their phone number was switch off and I called them second day morning in which her mother came to pick her.
“The reason I did this was that I learnt that she is the only girl in the family and she has been over pampered because she normally go out as she like.
“So, I kept her to scare her, may be she will change her behaviours.
“As regards the ransom, I don’t know anything about the money, it may be another person who learnt about the issue that called for ransom with an intent to make quick money out of the situation”, he said.