According to the Department of State Services, these are the six men who kidnapped Chief Nitabai Inengite, an uncle to President Goodluck Jonathan. Inengite was abducted at Otuoke community in the Ogbia LGA of his home state of Bayelsa in February, 2014.
The kidnappers, paraded at the DSS headquarters in Abuja on Thursday include a 400-level undergraduate of the University of Jos, Plateau State, Eldred Jonah, 30; Raphael Inengesi, 32; Ibeabuchi Inya, 29; Oreva Abridi 29; Tammy Agbai, 29; and a native doctor, Felix Onuoh, 48.
DSS Deputy Director, Public Relations, Marilyn Ogar, explained that Jonah masterminded the abduction of the President’s uncle and provided the take-off grant of N40,000 for arms procurement and other logistics.
According to her, the suspect confessed that he carried out surveillance on Inengite and that the gang had two teams for the operation, comprising the land team made up of five persons, and the waterside (speedboat) team, made up of three persons.
Ogar stated that four pump action rifles were used for the operation, adding that Inengite was whisked away in an ash-coloured Honda SUV to Onuegbu waterside from where he was transferred into a waiting speedboat and taken to the creeks.
She said, “The victim was held captive at two different locations within Bayelsa State in the creek of Brass, very close to the ‘mouth’ of the Atlantic Ocean and Okigbene creeks.
“Following a security operation by this service, he was released after 17 days in captivity without payment of ransom. Investigation into the incident eventually led to the arrest of the six suspects in Bayelsa, Delta and Edo States.”
In an interview with newsmen, Jonah, who admitted to providing the money and undertaking surveillance for the abduction, claimed that the motivation for the operation was not ransom.
Onuoha, the native doctor, explained that he provided charms and herbal fortification for the kidnap gang because he was afraid they may harm him and his family if he did not cooperate with them.
“Abridi came with three men and said they want juju for business success which I did for them. They later said that was not what they wanted, that they wanted to kidnap someone and wanted charm for protection.
“The moment they said that, their faces changed and I was afraid that if I don’t cooperate with them, they may harm me and my family because I was with my family at the time, so I agreed to help them and I asked them to pay me 10percent of the ransom,” he admitted.
The suspects would be charged to court soon.