Isaiah Ododem, one of the suspected nine kidnappers of the rescued Oniba of Iba, Oba Goriola Oseni, on Sundayin Lagos confessed to newsmen that they received a N15.1 million ransom in two batches.
Ododem said this while being paraded before newsmen at a news conference addressed by Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State at Ikeja.
Ambode was represented by the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem.
Ododem said they received an initial ransom of N12 million and a subsequent ransom of N3.1 million.
He, however, failed to mention who gave them the amount, where and when.
Ododem also told newsmen that he and others were into illegal bunkering before they kidnapped Oseni.
He said: “We had to stop the business because of the renewed onslaught of government’s security agencies against us.”
Oba Oseni was kidnapped from his palace on July 16.
The kidnappers had asked the Oba’s family members to pay them a N500 million ransom after almost a week of their kidnapping him.
In the process of kidnapping the king, two persons were shot dead by the kidnappers.