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Police arrest chef in Abuja for masterminding kidnap of boss’ 12-year-old son

Police in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have detained Ulagu Philemon Chukwuma, 29, for masterminding the kidnapping of his boss’s 12-year-old son, Justin Nwakwo.

Justin was abducted on February 10, 2024, in Jabi, Abuja.

According to SP Josephine Adeh, FCT Police Command Public Relations Officer for the Commissioner of Police, Philemon, a domestic servant who also works as a cook for the Nwakwo family, was detained by officials from the Utako Police Divisional Headquarters.

The officers reportedly followed up on investigations to rescue the abducted youngster and arrest the offenders.

It said, “Investigations by the Police revealed that the principal suspect, who has since confessed to the crime, conspired with one Mc Donald Arinze, currently at large to commit the crime.

“The suspects had earlier forcefully obtained a cash sum of three million, nine hundred thousand naira (N3,900,000) as ransom from the victim’s father. The arm of the law however caught up with the criminals following intensified efforts by the Police.

“The boy was rescued unhurt and reunited with his parents. The cash sum earlier extorted was equally recovered.

“While effort is still ongoing to apprehend the suspects at large, the Commissioner of Police, FCT, CP Benneth C. Igwe, psc, mni, wishes to reiterate his unflinching commitment to ensure the safety of all in the Territory.

"He equally encouraged residents to involve the Police in the profiling of their domestic workers, noting the new trend and pattern of kidnapping by domestic workers. He urged residents to report suspicious activities through the following emergency lines; 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883; PCB: 09022222352.”

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