A female kidnapper has told the police that her gang runs offices in different parts of the country, just like big corporate bodies.
A female kidnap kingpin whose name has been given as Bisi Babatunde alias Vivian, has told the Oyo State Police that her gang operates like a big corporate organization with offices spread across different states in Nigeria including Lagos, Port Harcourt, Benin, Abuja, and still spreading.
Babatunde, a mother of three and native of Awe, in Oyo State, was the brain behind the kidnapping of a prominent business man in her hometown, Chief Festus Omotoso, 78, the Chairman of Bond Chemicals Industry and the National Life Vice President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).
Babatunde who says she lives in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where she operates as an herbal drug seller, told the police that she is a professional kidnapper and she it was who organized the kidnap of the businessman.
"I have been involved in fraudulent activities by posing to be herbalist in Port Harcourt. I bought a car with the proceeds.
I was involved in kidnapping in Port Harcourt but I was not fully involved in this one. We have offices in Port Harcourt, Lagos and so on. After returning home to Awe, I went to a brother called Laide and asked him to do ‘juju’ for me.
He told me that he knew Baba (Omotoso) and that I should call Lucky to come and kidnap him because he had refused to settle his family for the death of his brother in his (Omotoso’s) swimming pool.
I was given N750,000 from the proceeds. Lucky said N5.5 million was collected from the victim’s family. Everything was at Awo (a secret) level."