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Woman kidnapped her two children to get ransom from husband – Rivers State Police

April 13, 2016

On Tuesday April 12, Rivers State Police Command released photos of
captured suspected criminals in the state. Among the suspects paraded
was a woman identified as Mrs. Abigail Brown who kidnapped her two
children to get ransom from her husband.
According
to a statement issued by the Command on Wednesday, April 13, Mrs Brown
and husband’s former driver, identified as ThankGod, connived to kidnap
her two children, aged 2 and 10. The suspects then called the
husband to pay a ransom in order to secure their release. Brown who had
earlier denied the allegation against her, later but later confessed to
the crime claiming she that “it was frustration that made her to commit
the crime as she had no means of survival.”
She claimed that her husband had abandoned her and the two children to
suffer, adding that the kidnap was the only means of making some money
from her husband. She had abducted her two children, and hid them in her
sister’s place and was awaiting the ransom from the husband before she
was apprehended by the police.
“I did it
because of frustration. My husband abandoned me and my children. Since
he left us and went away, I have been suffering with my children, and I
know that he has money. I only did it to make him bring money for me to
take care of the children we had together.” she said.
Below is the full statement by the Command:
“The Rivers State Police
Command has smashed a kidnapping gang that terrorizes Ohigha town in
Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government. CP. Musa Kimo, the Rivers State
Police Commissioner said this while addressing pressmen in Port Harcourt
showcasing the achievements recorded by the command in crime fighting.
The Commissioner of Police Who spoke through DSP. Ahmad Muhammad, the
Command’s police public relations officer said the suspects confessed to
kidnapping of many innocent citizens in the area.

“Numerous raids
carried out on suspected criminals’ hideout across the state with many
suspects arrested, while offensive weapons and other incriminating items
recovered from them. One which is the recent arrest of Henry Ajie ‘m’
age 23 years, Bright Ajie ‘m’ age 22 years, Dadison Ogadima ‘m’ 22 years
and Sampson Dibia ‘m’ 30 years all of Ohigha village in
Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government. On interrogation, the suspects
confessed being the gang that kidnapped Mrs. Igila Sunday after which
they raped, strangulated and bury her corpse in a shallow grave.”
“This same gang also confessed to have sometime kidnapped Pastor Chukwu
Eke of the same Ohigha town and killed him for the simple reason that
the victim disturbed them with preaching to repent an shun criminal
activities.”

Also paraded was a woman, Mrs. Abigail Brown, for kidnapping her two children to get ransom from her husband.
Brown and her husband’s former driver, identified simply as ThankGod,
were said to have kidnapped Abigail’s two children and called the
husband to pay a ransom to secure their release.
Brown initially denied the allegation against her, but later said the act was not intentional.
She said that it was frustration that made her to commit the crime, adding that she had no means of survival.
She claimed that her husband had abandoned her and the two children to
suffer, adding that the kidnap was the only means of making some money
from her husband.
It was gathered that the suspect had abducted her two children, aged
two and 10 respectively, and hide them in her sister’s place.
She was said to be awaiting the ransom from the husband before she was apprehended by the police.
She said, “I did it because of frustration. My husband abandoned me and my children.
“Since he left us and went away, I have been suffering with my children, and I know that he has money.
“I only did it to make him bring money for me to take care of the children we had together.”
They confessed to have demanded N6m as ransom to secure the release of the two children.
She said, “I did not demand up to that amount, but I demanded money from my husband.”
ThankGod, the former driver to the woman’s husband, who accepted taking
part in the act, said his former boss’ wife contacted him.
ThankGod said, “She called me to help her. She told me to take the two
children to her sister’s place. That is how I got involved.
“She used me to act as the kidnapper of the two children before we were arrested. She lured me into it.”
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police said the command during the
period under review has arrested 146 suspected kidnappers, cultist and
armed robbers, adding that twenty six AK 47 rifles, other fifty assorted
firearms and 537 different calibers of ammunition were recovered from
the suspects.

The Commissioner of Police further sought for
continued support of the members of the public to enable the police
secure the state. He said I will never relent to continue to appeal to
members of the public for a sustained partnership with the police to
stamp out criminals from the state. Our doors shall always remain open
to all. Keep calling the following police distress lines 08032003514,
08028915460, 08028915462 and 08160723892 to give timely and actionable
information.


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