By Abimbola Ogunnaike
Akwa-Ibom State Police Command has arrested a former domestic staff, identified asPrince Thursday Okon, for allegedly kidnapping a Vice Chancellor of a private university, his former employer.The state Commissioner of Police, Olatoye Durusinmi, while parading the suspect along with 268 others arrested for various offences, said the VC was kidnapped on his way home by his former domestic staff sacked for criminal tendencies.
He said the remaining kidnap ransom of over N2 million and the Toyota Corolla used for the operation was also recovered, while the VC has been reunited with his family.
“On the 14th of April 2023, at about 10:30 am, the Vice-chancellor of a private University in the State was kidnapped on his way home.
“Two days later, being the 16th, in a prompt and discreet investigation, operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Command, arrested one Prince Thursday Okon, a former domestic staff of the VC, sacked because of his criminal tendencies who masterminded the kidnapping and two of his gang members, Saviour Sunday Luke and Richard Friday, all of Ikot Ebam Village in Mkpan Enin LGA.
“The sum of one million, two hundred and seventy thousand naira cash was recovered as part of the ransom paid, while two hundred and fifty thousand naira was left in one of the suspect’s accounts. The Toyota Corolla used for the operation was also recovered. The VC has been reunited with his family,” Durusinmi added.