I Kidnapped My Husband To Sustain Our Children – Wife Confesses.
A 40-year-old suspect, Mrs. Joy Emmanuel Sunday has confessed to the police that she kidnapped her husband to raise funds to sustain their children.
Mrs. Sunday who is currently cooling her feet at the police headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo, was reported to have kidnapped her husband, Mr. Emmanuel Sampson Ebong, an indigene of Ntak Obio Akpa in Oruk Anam local government area, Akwa Ibom State because he starved her of sex and abandoned their children.
The estranged wife-cum-kidnapper who had successfully negotiated N2000,000 as ransom from the deal claimed her decision came after taking on a series of menial jobs to singlehandedly fend for herself and their four children after being abandoned by the husband.
Mrs. Sunday who was among 29 other persons paraded for various offences including kidnapping by the Police on Friday lamented that she was unfortunately not given her share of the ransom money after the abduction was successful.
“I arranged for my husband’s kidnapping because for a long time, he had 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 engaged in menial jobs such as weeding on people’s farms to feed his children and pay their school fees. One of the children finished secondary school and I approached my husband to plan how to send the son to learn a trade since the father refused to send him to university, but my husband shunned me.
“But the major reason is that my husband 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.
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.
Narrating his ordeal, Ebong said, “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.
Source | Independent