A cash-strapped man has been arrested after he decided to raise money for his rent the wrong way by kidnapping his landlady and her son.
Punch reports that the victims were abducted in their farm in the Umuike Allu area of the state by the 34-year-old Obi with the help of his friend, Kelechi Ndukwu, aka Madman.
It was gathered that the suspects had trailed the woman and her son, a student of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, to the farm where they kidnapped them.
Obi who confessed to the crime while being paraded by the police said he carried out the abduction to obtain ransom from the victims which would then be used to settle the N70,000 arrears of rent he was owing to his landlady.
“Things have been very difficult for me, so I mentioned this to my friend, Madman (Ndukwu) that I am owing my landlady and I needed N70,000 to settle the arrears of rent.
He told me not to worry and said he would organize her abduction for ransom which would be used to settle the rent.
When the woman and her son were on their farm, my friend and his two friends, abducted them and demanded N200,000 but they paid N150,000 after four days.”
Obi explained that the abduction was carried out by Ndukwu, Ifeanyi Ezechukwu, 28 and Chinedu Amadi, 18.
The police said Ezechukwu and Amadi were arrested at Umuanwa community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state and items recovered from them included one locally made Revolver pistol, four live ammunition, expended ammunition, one locally made pistol, three live cartridges, one expended cartridge, and N200,000.