The Ondo Command of the Nigeria Police Force said on Friday it had arrested three siblings and one other, suspected to have kidnapped a six-year-old daughter of their Church member.
The siblings – Joy Ramond, 19, Peace Ramond, 24, and Ayomide Ramond, 16, as well as their suspected accomplice, Akinseye Oluwayomi, 18, are members of Jehovah Witness Church, Oba-Ile in Akure.
Parents of the kidnapped girl attend the same Church.
Mr Femi Joseph, the command’s Public Relations Officer, who paraded the suspects in Akure, said that they were arrested in the Ondo capital by the command’s anti-kidnapping outfit.
According to him, one Afolabi Oladapo of Sunshine Garden, Oba-Ille, Akure, reported the matter on Nov. 21.
“Oladapo reported that his daughter, Jamama, aged six, was kidnapped during Church service by unknown people.
“Jamama was released on Nov. 22, after the payment of N720,000 by the father of the victim.
“Shortly after the payment of the ransome, a team from our anti-kidnapping outfit stormed the venue where the ransome was paid and rounded up the four suspects while exhuming the money that had been buried in an uncompleted building.”
The Police spokesman presented the money as exhibit.
He said that the suspects had confessed to the crime and would be arraigned after thorough investigation.
Speaking to newsmen, Joy, one of the siblings, confirmed that the victim was a daughter of their Church’s member, but claimed that they took her home “to warn and scare her, and not to kidnap her”.