How a bank driver orchestrates abduction of 3 managers, collects ransom in dollars
Delta State police command has arrested a former driver of a bank in Warri over his role in the abduction of three managers of the bank in the state.
Owes Okpaka, who until January this year was a driver with the bank masterminded the kidnapping of his former bosses and collected ransom in dollars together with his gang.
According to Okpaka, a total of N50 million ransom was paid before they released the three victims and his share of the money was N15 million.
Also, four other members of the gang Lawrence Egagah, Victor Dominic, Usobotie Sylvester and Alex Okon have been arrested by the Police.
Okpaka reportedly provided the gang with information leading to the separate abduction of the managers between October 2020 and February 2021.
One of the victims who was the manager of the bank’s branch in Warri Urobo College, was abducted on his way home by the gang on October 5, 2020, and a ransom in the equivalent of N15 million in dollars was paid for his release.
The gang subsequently kidnapped another manager of the Ogonu Warri branch and the manager of the Effurun branch of the same bank and also collected the equivalent of N35 million ransom in dollars for their release.
It was learnt that operatives of the Force Intelligence Response Team went after the gang following a petition to the police.
Investigation into the incidents led to the arrest of Okpaka who led detectives to apprehend four other members.
Okpaka, a native of Ubogo Community in the Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, explained that he got N2.5 million each on the first two abductions and N10 million from the last operation.
“I was working at the Ogonu branch of the bank as a driver, but I resigned in January 2021. I was arrested because I masterminded the kidnappings of three colleagues.
“I brought the three kidnapping jobs that involved the bank managers. I monitored their movements and gave out their locations to my gang members.
“The third kidnapping was that of Mrs. Isioma. Victor kept her in his house and I was part of the ransom negotiation. They paid N20 million and I got N10 million as my share. I used my Toyota Corolla car to pick up the ransom. It was the last kidnapping I did before I was arrested.”