How safe it is to be a businessman in Nigeria and still move freely on the streets?

Perhaps, the safety of one is not guaranteed following the increasing number of kidnapping.

A gang of six men robbers and kidnapers that abducted, robbed and even attempted to kill Mr Monday Udoka Oke at Mile 50 in Ebonyi state, have disclosed how they carried out their operation as well as the reason why they want to eliminate the businessman.

They disclosed this in an interview with journalists shortly after they were paraded by the Police in in Abakaliki alongside other criminal suspects recently nabbed by the Command of Ebonyi State Police for commuting sundry crimes.

Chinonso Desmond, the ring leader, disclosed in Abakaliki when they were paraded by the police, that they shot and tried to kill Monday Oke because one of them, 'MD', who is still at large, suspected that the businessman who owns Monabliss hotel Abakaliki recognised him and will identify him.

“It is my friend MD Mohammed that introduced me into kidnap of Monabliss. It was in the night that they called me on phone in Enugu state and I came down to Abakaliki for the kidnap of the man. I was smoking with them, we discussed how to execute the kidnapped," he revealed.

He explained further how the kidnapping was executed, "We moved to the street where Monablis hotel is located. We were smoking and saw Monablis when he was coming out of his hotel and we followed him up," said Desmond.

“We blocked him with his car. After we blocked him, we took him to a place called Azugwu in Abakaliki and when we reached there the man gave us N150,000. MD forced him to do mobile transfer for us to get more money from him and he did the transfer. He transferred to me N1.5million into my account. MD did not have account and he transferred money for MD also into my account, he transferred N1million for MD and it became N2.5million he transferred into my account for me and MD.

“After the transfer, MD said the man knows him very well. We took him(Monablis) to one River and I don’t know the name of the river but they called it Ebonyi river. The man was begging us, when he tried to escape, we shot him. I was the one that shot him, we were not sent by anyone to kidnap him.”

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For Loveth Nnenna, a female student of the Ebonyi State University, she was initiated into the group by her boyfriend and was arrested on his way to into the state from Enugu with some guns.

“I was arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery. I was at home when Desmond and MD the one that ran away came to me at Azugwu where I was staying and told me to enter car and I entered car. I didn’t know where we were going to but we landed in a bush and when we got to the bush, I saw two guys lying down. Within a short period of time, Desmond carried Monabliss and came in. Then, they released the two guys that were lying down.

“Desmond told the Monablis ‘oga, lets do business’ and he said no problem. He asked Monablis how ‘much do you have in your account’ and he replied him. He told Monablis that he will transfer monies into our individual accounts and he agreed.

"He sent N1.5 million into my own account and Desmond told me to give N500,000 to one of us here, I should also give N500,000 to the one that ran away and then leave the remaining N500,000 in my own account. They kept two guys with me so that I will not run away from the area.

“They then carried Monablis into one bush where they shot him, I was not there when they shot him. When they came back, they started fighting themselves saying they didn’t shoot the man very well that he ran away. Desmond then ordered two guys to go into the river and find Monablis that the man is not dead.

"I am final year student of Ebonyi state University Department of Sociology. I know this group as cultists and I met them in this semester. My boyfriend was once in police cell in Enugu and it was through him that I met Okechukwu one of us.

“They told me that my boyfriend is coming from Enugu to shoot me because I reported the person that stole my cell phone, that he asked me not to report to the police and I reported to the police. On his way coming back with two guns, they arrested him with the two guns. It was on that day that Monablis was kidnapped that I was initiated into cultism, it was the group that initiated me. I belong to bagger confraternity.”

Another suspect, Murtala Usman who was arrested for buying the necklace stolen from the businessman from the gang denied being involved in the kidnap.

“I don’t have any role in the kidnap. I am doing Breau De change business and on Wednesday Morning I was in my shop when the gang leader with a young woman brought necklace to me to buy. The lady told me that she lost her mother and that they want to do her burial and that they need money for the burial.”

“After we finished doing the business and I gave them the money, two days later police came and arrested me. They asked me where the necklace was and that I should provide it for them and I did as they said. I bought the necklace at the rate of N600, 000", he said.

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