Ibrahim Babatunde, 20, of Igboora,Oyo State, has been arrested by police for the abduction of his father.
The police also arrested three accomplices; Babuga Salihu, 20, Ayra Sands,20, and Amuda Yusufu,19, who allegedly participated in the kidnapping.
The state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, said Ibrahim’s father, Aliyu Babatunde, spent three days in the den of his abductors.
“The victim was eventually taken to an unknown place where he was kept for some days by his abductors who later demanded ransom as a condition for his release. Initial arrest of one of the suspects by combined efforts of the local vigilante group , the police and further discreet investigation carried out by operatives of the Special Squad led to subsequent arrest of the kingpin and other members of the gang at their various hideouts in the state,” Odude said.
He was released after the family paid N1m ransom.
Ibrahim however said he resorted to kidnapping his father for failing to meet his responsibilities to his children.
“My father married many wives and he doesn’t care for us. We are left to fend for ourselves. So, I think the only way to get money out of him is to organise his abduction and force him to part with the money. We collected N1m as ransom from our family,” he said.
Ibrahim explained that he invited his friends after he was sure that the plan would succeed.
He is expected to appear in court soon to face the full weight of the law.