Kogi State Police Command, Monday, paraded two serving policemen and a naval personnel, who were arrested for kidnapping attempt.
They were among 18 kidnap and armed robbery suspects paraded before newsmen in Lokoja the state capital .
The state Police Commissioner, Ali Janga, while parading the suspects, identified the policemen as Cpl Suleiman Isiaka and Cpl Ibrahim James while the naval personnel was Ordinary Seaman Bature Habila of the Western Naval Command.
The trio, along with three other suspects, were arrested on Oct. 5 for attempting to kidnap a five-year-old boy at Ayangba, he said.
He said that the suspects came into Kogi State in a chartered commercial bus driven by one Daniel John who is also in police custody.
Janga said that John was to be paid N100, 000 for his service.
The Commissioner said that suspects were rounded up in their hotel room at Ayangba before they could carry out the kidnap of the boy.
According to Janga, 11 rifles, including four AK-47, three pump action, four pistols, hundreds of magazines and a bus are among the items recovered from the suspects.
Speaking with newsmen, one of the policemen, Isiaka said that he, James and Habila had on Oct. 4 left Bauchi State where they were serving in “Operation Safe Haven” in Tafawa Balewa Local Government for the operation in Ayangba.
Suleiman said that he recruited Messrs. James and Habila for the business, adding that it was another suspect, Sheu Agba , that contacted him.
Also speaking Sheu Agba, 36, said that he was forced to adopt the kidnap option because he needed N10,000 urgently to treat his stomach ulcer.
Agba said that he approached his cousin, Ukubile Akowe, repeatedly for the money but he declined.
He said that he later approached Cpl Isiaka for the money who in the process introduced the idea of kidnapping to him.