One of the suspected kidnappers of the students from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, has finally confessed on how they planned the abduction.
News went viral last week after some female students of the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, were kidnapped at gunpoint while observing their prep classes around 8 p.m on a Monday night.
One of the kidnappers have been arrested and has since confessed on how they succeeded in abducting the girls.
The suspect., Emmanuel Arigidi, who hails from Ondo State, said he was paid N100,000 to partake in the abduction.
Emanuel, who is an unmarried after of one and a self acclaimed bone doctor, spoke to The Nation about his part in the kidnap saying it took them two months to successfully plan and carry out this devilish act.
According to Emmanuel:
We went to Maya bridge to enter canoe and went to the school around 8 p.m.
After we gained entrance into the school, we took away three girls and we took them to our hideout. But along the line, we had disagreement between ourselves and I was actually the one that started it. I told other members of the gang that what we have done is not good and that I don’t like it.
I know that security in Lagos State is now tight and I was telling others that there was no way we would get away with this kind of job considering the level of security in the state.
Three days after I ran away, operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) then arrested me somewhere in Majidun and that was how I told them how we planned the attack.
We were 12 that went for the operation. Others include Lami, who brought the information, Felix (aka Tradition), Abokin, Ekpokeme, Preye, Owe, Godfrey and Gift (aka Bayelsa).
We started planning the operation after our first attempt at kidnapping a girl inside the school failed two months ago. About seven of our men entered the premises and caught one girl but they could not take the girl out because she escaped.
But this time around, we were 12 and we did not break any fence. The school fence is not very high so we jumped from behind and entered.
The girls were playing outside when we got there and we took them. Yes we changed their clothes. We gave them jeans and tee shirts bought by Felix. That is standard practice.
When we got to the fence, some of our members jumped out and others sat on the fence. Those who were still inside the school carried the girls and passed them to those on the fence, who in turn passed them to the men on ground.
From there, we all moved to the Adamo creeks where we stayed with the girls. But problem started that night among us because I tried to tell them that the operation might backfire.
I warned my members that we should release the girls but they insisted that the school had money and it is rich people’s school.
My members were not happy with me and planned to kill me because they felt I would leak information if I was allowed to go. I sneaked out of the place, told them that I wanted to go to toilet and that was how I ran.
I was arrested at a joint where I sat, not inside my canoe. While I was with them, they did not hurt the girls. No one harmed them. We were only after the money.
We fed them gari, fish and vegetable.
We went to the school on seven canoes because the water is shallow. We parked the canoes at the back of the school and entered. While the girls were in the creeks I came out with one canoe to buy foodstuffs.
We also contacted two people who were not part of the kidnap to assist with registering the SIM card we used in contacting the girls’ parents.
It was when the police team arrested me that they knew where the girls were held before the father of two of the boys went there to convince them to release the girls
Emmanuel, 37, finally revealed saying:
One thing I will like to say is that if not for the fact that I was arrested, they would not have seen the girls because I was the one that revealed everything to the police.
The girls have since been freed and reunited with their families.