More facts have emerged on how and why Bello Istifanus Gurama, a strategist with Dangote Group was murdered by kidnappers.
This is just as three of the kidnappers responsible for his death have been apprehended by the Lagos Police Command.
His mutilated body was recovered from Apoje River in Ogun State, where it was disposed, after a set of kidnappers murdered him.
According to source within the Police in Lagos the sin of the victim was that he brought N5.6m to them instead of the N100m they had demanded as ransom on the heads of five expatriates working for the conglomerate on November 11, this year.
The Police said they had swung into action, sequel to the kidnapping of the four foreigners and one Nigerian working for Dangote Group in Ijebu Igbo Ogun State, and subsequent kidnapping, Gurama, who had gone to pay the ransom to the kidnappers on November 13, 2016.
The source further said that on the directives of Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, a massive manhunt was launched against the kidnappers by both the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and Technical Intelligence Support from (TIU)
The effort yielded support, according to the source, when the team eventually nabbed three of the kidnappers, Abubakar Gide 24yrs, Abdullahi Salihu 22yrs and Babuga Adamu 25yrs on November 27, 2016 and December 3, 2016 in Ijebu Igbo Ogun State, Epe forest in Lagos State and Ajase Ipo forest in Kwara State respectively.
They were said to have confessed to the kidnapping and releasing of the five Dangote expatriates/staff after collection of N5.6m ransom and at the same time confessed to the kidnapping and murder of Gurama, who brought the N5.6m ransom to them.
They were said to have claimed they were annoyed with him for bringing N5.6m to them, when they were expecting a minimum of N100m from the company.
The source added: “On Saturday, the arrested kidnappers led IRT operatives and Ogun State Command personnel to the forest in Ijebu Igbo Ogun State where three AK47 rifles with six magazines and 160 rounds of ammunition they used for their operations was recovered.
“The kidnappers also led operatives to Apoje River where the decompsing body of Gurama was found floating in the river with bullet hole in his skull and most part of his flesh eaten by fish.
“Eventually his remains was recovered and moved to Shagamu General Hospital mortuary for autopsy adding that serious efforts were in progress to trace and arrest the remaining gang members who have escaped to other states.”