Cleric ‘Mastermind’ Of Kidnap Gang Flees Delta

Filed in News by on June 20, 2018

An unnamed Asaba-based pastor is on the run for allegedly masterminding the kidnap of a lady, The Nation has learnt.

The lady, it was learnt, recently received some money from relatives residing overseas to help them do a project.

The pastor reportedly escaped as policemen closed in on him.

It was learnt that the church the suspected kidnap kingpin oversees has a branch behind Ibori Golf Club and another near an old generation bank on Nnebisi Road in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

He is also said to have other branches in the Southeast.

A police source said another lady, said to be a friend of the victim, had been arrested, while another suspected member of the kidnap ring, who watched the victim in an uncompleted building, was shot dead in a gun duel.

It was gathered that the victim’s family reported her missing to the police on May 7 at “A” Division in Asaba.

Her abductors have reportedly demanded N100 million ransom and recharge cards.

The police, it was learnt, tracked the calls and discovered the identities of the abductors, including the friend of the victim and a member of the pastor’s church, who the victim had allegedly seen off after her visit on May 7.

The police arrested the suspected woman accomplice who led them to the hoodlums’ hideout.

It was gathered that the pastor, who got wind of the police advancement into his hideout, reportedly fled to an unknown place.

Police spokesman Andrew Aniamaka, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said the victim was rescued unhurt.

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