ran high yesterday, at the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, following a
startling revelation by a suspected kidnapper of how he snuffed life out
of his seven-year-old victim.
victim identified simply as Ayuba, was reportedly playing with his friends at
Oke-Kube Street in Ikotun area of Lagos, when the kidnapper, Onyeka Patrick,who
lives in the same area beckoned him to come.
said unsuspecting Ayuba followed Onyeka into his room, located on 16, 3rd
Avenue Mumako Estate, only to be kidnapped.
thereafter, wrote a letter to his victim’s parents demanding for N5 Million
ransom, including a phone number with which he could be reached.
at Ikotun division who were contacted, reportedly swung into action
and in the process, arrested Onyeka.
the suspect before journalists yesterday, the Lagos State Police Public
Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, said Onyeka was transferred to the Special
Anti Robbery Squad, Ikeja, where he confessed to have strangled Ayuba to death.
to have kidnapped the seven year-old boy and strangulated him to death. He went
ahead to conceal his body in a sack and later dumped it inside a septic tank of
an uncompleted building in the same neighbourhood, before writing a letter to
the father of the victim, demanding a ransom of N5 Million before the victim
will be released. He also, included a phone number with which he could be
reached. He has led operatives to recover the decomposed body of the victim
which is now deposited at the Isolo General Hospital mortuary for autopsy”,
brother’s wife exposed me
approached, 25-year-old Onyeka, an indigene of Anambra state blamed the act on
the handiwork of the devil. He simply stated that his brother’s wife reported
him to the police.
to him, “ I do not know what came over me.
God will not forgive me for this. The first thing that gave me away was my
mood. My brother’s wife noticed I was no longer myself since Ayuba was
declared missing and reported to her husband. My brother on his part, went to
read the letter I wrote to Ayuba’s parents and discovered it was my hand
writing. He then handed me over to Ayuba’s father to say all I knew about
his missing son. That was how I was taken to the police”.
he killed the boy instead of releasing him alive to his parents, he replied, “
I killed him in order to block every channel that would link me to the deed. I
knew that if I released him alive, he would disclose my identity to his parents
who would in turn report to the police and I would be arrested.
inviting him into my room at about 3pm that fateful day, something whispered to
me that I could kidnap him and make money out of it. But after detaining him
for about two hours, he kept saying he wanted to go to his parents. Not knowing
what to do, I gripped him by the neck and strangled him. When he attempted to
scream, I held his mouth and pressed harder on his neck. He struggled for a
while and became still.
was dark, I tucked the body inside a sac and dumped it inside a septic tank of
an uncompleted building. And on my way back, I dropped a letter in front of his
parents house where I demanded for N5 million ransom.
what he intended to do with the ransom, he simply stated that he wanted to
start a business with it.
the command’s spokesperson said Onyeka would be charged to court for