Monday, 20 May 2013

How I Was Kidnapped By A Club Girl In Ikeja- Victim Narrates Story

A 28-year-old man, Ayodele Olaoye, who was allegedly kidnapped by a
lady, Esther Phillips, he met at a Club in Opebi, Lagos, has narrated
his ordeal before an Ikeja High Court. Esther was said to have
conspired with six others to commit the alleged offence.
The other suspects are Patricia Nna, Kingsley Okonwa, Osita Adigwe,
Uzochukwu Ezioha, Jude Sunday and Michael Olarenwaju, who are being
prosecuted by the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution,
DPP.The seven defendants who were arraigned on March 5 are facing a
five-count charge of conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping and neglect
to prevent felony.Led in evidence by Mr Ade Ipaye, Attorney General of
Lagos State and Commissioner for Justice, Olaoye said he had taken
the accused to bed twice since they met in February 2012 and they
became friends.Olaoye, who said he came back into the country in
December 2011, after his graduation from a university in England, said
the first defendant gave her name as Jenny and claimed to be a student
of Lagos State University, LASU.
Olaoye who was testifying at the trial of the seven kidnap suspects
before Justice Olabisi Akinlade, said on April 22, 2012, at about 4
p.m, which was on a Sunday, the first defendant asked him to follow
her to her hostel in LASU and he agreed because he trusted her.How I
was kidnappedOlaoye said he drove his Nissan Muranno SUV and picked
Philips up at a first generation bank in Opebi and they moved towards
LASU with Phillips giving the directions that he should go and pick
her friend, the second defendant, whom he said gave her name as
Juliet.He said after they had picked up Nna, the second defendant at
Dopemu, Philips told him that the lady was her school mate.
According to him, after driving for sometime, they told me to stop at
an isolated place because they were pressed, adding that immediately
he stopped the car, three men, Okonwa, Adigwe and Ezioha, entered his
car through the back door.He said the defendants who were armed with
a battle axe and knives dragged him to the back seat and took his
mobile phone, wrist watch, necklace and money.Olaoye said he was tied
up, blindfolded and taken to an unknown destination by the first to
fifth accused persons who told him to cooperate or they would kill
him, adding that they took his phone and called his mum first to
inform her that he was in a cage.The ransomThe plaintiff said after
speaking with his mum, they also called his father and told him that
he was in a cage and demanded a ransom of $400,000.
He said Phillips specifically told him to try and convince his parents
to pay the money or the guys would kill him.Olaoye said he was
incarcerated for four days, adding that the defendants collected N5
million ransom from his parents.According to him, his father, Mr Segun
Olaoye, paid N5 million to them which they shared among themselves.My
escapeHe said it was while they were sharing the money that he was
able to sneak out of the house where he was being held and took a
motorcycle to his father's office in Gowon Estate in
Iyana-Ipaja.After which he wrote a statement at the Police station but
he couldn't remember the exact date or the particular police
station.However, the matter has been adjourned.

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