Operatives of the FCT police command have arrested a suspected kidnapper after using a teenager’s phone to negotiate and collect ransom.
According to reports, the suspect,l identified as Ibrahim Tunbow used the mobile phone of a 17-year-old boy in the Kwali area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Speaking to Punch, a resident said that Tunbow threatened to kill the boy if he tells anyone he uses his phone for his deeds.
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”What happened was that Turnbow first asked the 17-year-old boy to allow him to use his phone to make calls that his phone was faulty. He made friends with him and subsequently started using the boy’s phone for calls, and sometimes he received calls demanding to speak with Tunbow.
“As soon as he receives the calls, he won’t be seen around for some time. Recently, he brought N30,000 and gave it to the boy. The boy asked what the money was meant for, Tunbow said it was his share out of the money he made from those calls he normally received using his phone.
“The boy refused to collect the money. He threatened to kill him if he tells anyone that he uses his phone to receive and make calls. The boy was scared and explained everything that happened to his parents. The matter was reported to the police. Tunbow was arrested yesterday afternoon. ”the source said.
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Confirming the arrest, the spokesperson of the FCT police command, Josephine Adeh, said
“Tunbow has been arrested, and he is in our custody. He confessed to using the boy’s phone to make calls during interrogation. He also confessed to being behind some of the abductions in Yangoji, Sahda, and Killankwa. We have intensified efforts to arrest other members of his gang.”
“We want to use this medium to caution residents to be mindful of giving their phones to strangers to make calls. Parents should also caution their children against giving their phones to strangers,” she said