The Federal Anti-Robbery Squad (FESARS) of the Nigeria Police Force, Ikoyi, Lagos, has dragged the music director of Christ Embassy Church before an Igbosere Magistrate court for allegedly abducting a female banker and demanding for N20 million ransom in exchange for her freedom.
It would be recalled that one 25-year-old Edward Nnaji, a self-confessed movie actor and music director at Christ Embassy Church, Zone 1, Idimangoro Parish, Agege, Lagos, was arrested by operatives of the FESARS.
Nnaji, was alleged to have conspired with two others to abduct on Miss Popoola Morenikeji, in 2012, where they demanded for N20 million as ransom.
The family of the kidnapped banker were said to have paid N5million to secure the release of their daughter.
The build-up to the kidnapping saga began when the suspects allegedly abducted the victim around Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos, blindfolded and took her to an uncompleted building around Mowe in Ogun State, where she was kept for four days with hands and legs in chains.
With the payment made, she was eventually released from the kidnapper’s den, where she re-united with members of her family.
In August this year, police sources said Nnaji, the gang leader reportedly sent a Short Message Service (sms) to the lady, demanding that she should pay the sum of N150,000 into their account, failure in which they could come back, abduct and allegedly kill her this time around.
However based on a tip-off, the FEDSARS detectives were said to have encouraged her to pay the money into the account and when Nnaji entered the unnamed banking hall in Lagos to withdraw the money, he was arrested.
His other gang members identified as Osas Osagie, (23), Patrick Donatus Jackson, (29) were later arrested.
But, police prosecutor, Chales Odii, a Superintendent of Police (SP) said the offence is punishable under section 6 b, 1, 2(A) and b of criminal laws of Lagos state, 2011.
Magistrate E Johnson however ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody, while the case was adjourned to January 13, 2015 for further hearing.