A 40-year-old suspect, Mrs Joy Emmanuel Sunday has confessed to the police that she kidnapped her husband because he starved her of sex.
The suspect who was among 29 others paraded for various offences including kidnapping, robbery and child theft by the state Commissioner of Police, Olatoye Durosinmi, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, said she had been subjected to menial jobs to cater for herself and the children since her husband got married to another woman.
The estranged wife added that when one of her children completed secondary school there was no money for him to further his studies.
Her words; “I arranged my husband’s kidnapping because for a long time he abandoned me with his children. Even when my father and mother in-law were alive he abandoned me. He never cared for his children. I did menial jobs such as weeding people’s farms to feed my children and pay their school fees.
“One of the children completed secondary school and I approached my husband to plan how to send him to learn a trade since he refused to send him to university but he shunned me.
“The major reason I arranged his kidnap is that because he refused to have sex with me and does not take care of me and the children.”
“The kidnapper that collected the ransom of N2m never gave my share and I did not even see the money.
“It was when the kidnappers were appropriating the N2m that the police arrested them and they mentioned me. They did not give me any part of the ransom collected from my husband.
“The kidnap kingpin (now at large) known as Udo Moji assured me that he would collect the money from my husband for me since my husband attacked me and poured away my soup in the pot.
“So, I agreed with him and he kidnapped my husband. I ran around to gather money to pay the kidnappers. The main suspect, Udo Moji ran away,” she stated.
Narrating his ordeal, the rescued husband, Emmanuel Sampson Ebong from Ntak Obio Akpa in Oruk Anam local government area, said he was kidnapped on July 21, 2022 in his compound.
Ebong stated that he just returned from treating an ailment when the kidnappers entered his compound and took him away, adding that he was fortunate that the Police came to his rescue.
““I came back from treatment because I was weak. Around 8.30 pm, I saw about six people enter my compound. They struggled with me and released two gunshots into the atmosphere in my compound.
“They took me out of my compound in a mini bus and drove away. They kept me from that Thursday till Sunday and demanded N10m from me and later reduced it to N2m.
“They took me to Etinan where they caged me. I thank the Nigeria Police for the rescue operations because If not for God, they would have killed me. I also thank my Village Head. I did not know the reason they kidnapped me.
“They collected N2m from me. The police later recovered over N500,000 from them.
On his part, the Commissioner of Police, Olatoye Durosinmi reiterated his earlier pledge that the police would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that criminality and criminals are weeded off the state.