An HIV positive suspected kidnapper, Holy Ighoragbor, has confessed to raping female victims held in captivity by his gang. Ighoragbor, a member of a seven-man kidnap gang, was paraded yesterday with other members of the gang at the premises of the State Security Service (SSS), Delta Command.
State Director, Ms Florence Ikakone, said the gang emerged sometimes in January 2014 and have been responsible for many kidnap incidents in Warri and environ. Ikakone said the gang was responsible for kidnap, murder and sale of victim’s vehicles.
She identified the kidnappers as Sunday Ogisi, leader of the gang, Kesiena Onwubolu a.k.a (Kes), Holy Ighoragbor, John David, Moses Urhode , Samuel Onyekachi Onyema, and Francis Oshevire.
According to Ikakone, the gang kidnapped a female victim (names withheld), sold her Toyota Siena bus and shot her on her leg because her family was slow to come up with the ransom. She also said the gang was responsible for the kidnap of another female victim (names withheld) on January 19th 2014and that of a lawyer, Stephen Olowu, on 25th January. The gang allegedly dumped the corpse of the lawyer into the Otokutu river.
“The gang sold the three vehicles snatched from their victims at give away prices of N50, 000, N100, 000 and N120, 000 respectively,” the SSS said. Holy Ighoragbor, who claimed to be an excavator operator, said he decided to join the kidnap gang to raise money for his treatment because he was unemployed and had no money.
Ighoragbor admitted to having sex with their female victims while in captivity. Responding to a question on why he had unprotected sex with female victims, he said he did not know the infection was incurable.
He expressed sorrow at the crime and asked for forgiveness, adding that he will not return to kidnapping if he was set free. He said: “For the woman, we demanded the sum of N3 million from her family. The woman’s senior daughter had just graduated from the university and was doing her NYSC. She offered N300, 000.
I said that we should collect the money, but Kes said he would not collect that amount. “Because I did not want him to kill the woman, I shot her in the leg. I suffer from HIV.AIDS and my mother is a poor farmer. It is true that we rape female victims held by our gang.”