It was just like a scene in one of the Nollywood movies, when three brothers of the same parent were on Friday paraded for their alleged involvement in kidnapping.
The siblings were apprehended by men of the Ondo State Police Command at the point of collecting the N720,000 ransom they had allegedly demanded after kidnapping a six-year-old girl at Oba-Ile in Akure North Local Government area Ondo State.
The three brothers Joy Ramond, 19; Peace Ramond, 24; Ramond Ayomide,16 and Akinseye Oluwayomi, 18 a friend of Joy, who was also involved in the crime were paraded before newsmen at the state headquarters of the Nigeria Police.
It was gathered that the suspects who attend the same church with the parents of the victim, kidnapped the girl during a meeting at their church, Jehovah Witness Kingdom at Apeju Street, Oba-Ile in Akure North Local Government Area of the state.
According to the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, the arrest was possible through a team of Anti-Kidnapping outfit led by their officer in-charge in Akure.
“On Nov. 21st, one Mr Afolabi Oladapo of Sunshine Gardens Oba-Ile, reported that his daughter, Jamama aged six was kidnapped by unknown people in their Church to unknown destination.
“The hostage was released on Nov. 22 after the payment of N720,000 by the parent of the victim.
“Shortly after the payment of the ransom a team of Anti-Kidnapping outfit led by their officer in-charge stormed the venue where the ransom was paid.
“Ramond Joy, Ramond Peace, Ramond Ayomide and Akinseye Oluwayomi were rounded up and the ransom which had already been buried in an uncompleted building was exhume as exhibit,”he said.
The PPRO who further confirmed that the suspects had confessed to the crime, said they would be arraigned in court at the conclusion of the ongoing investigation.
Joy, who was identified as the brain behind the kidnap, claimed that he only took the girl home for safety, after he saw her wandering outside the church.
“The girl normally ran out of kingdom hall whenever we are doing meeting, so, that day I was coming from my working place, I now saw her outside the hall around 7pm.
“I now asked her where she was going to and I told her that one day she may be kidnapped with the she way was doing.
“So, I now took her home that day and I called her parent number to inform them that their daughter is with me but their phone number was switch off and I called them second day morning in which her mother came to pick her.
“The reason I did this was that I learnt that she is the only girl in the family and she has been over pampered because she normally go out as she like.
“So, I kept her to scare her, may be she will change her behaviours.
“As regards the ransom, I don’t know anything about the money, it may be another person who learnt about the issue that called for ransom with an intent to make quick money out of the situation”, he said.