Police operatives in Edo State have arrested three persons while others are at large over the kidnap and torture of a 23-year-old electrical engineer and a website developer, Franklyn Onoaghakpote.
The police action was a sequel to a petition by Onoaghakpote to the Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu, alleging a case of conspiracy and kidnap against a client he identified as Michael.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Bello Kontongs, while confirming the arrest said an investigation was ongoing.
Narrating his ordeal to journalists, yesterday, Onoaghakpote said valuables worth N20 million were lost to the kidnappers.
He said he was beaten and abducted to a popular hotel and lounge along Okhoro Street in Benin City where he was brutalised for hours.
He said: “I am into web development. I owned a programming company called FJM Creative Developer World.”
“On February 10, 2022, a client called Michael requested to see me concerning a website I developed for him two years ago but when I got there, I waited for him only for him to appear with about 20 boys who abducted me with guns.”
“They blindfolded me, tied my hands and took me to an uncompleted building where they started beating me and forcefully took valuables from me.”
Among the items collected from him he said are “two Samsung S21, iPhone 6, my bank transfer PIN and then transferred N4,900,000 from my GT Bank account to a Polaris Bank account, $15,000 worth of bitcoin, gold necklace and hand chain.”
“They took me to a river, stripped me naked and started beating me again. After the beating, they blindfolded me again, took me to a room where I was kept for seven hours and were calling my parents for a ransom of N16 million that if my parents refused to pay the money they would kill me.”
“They put a call to somebody they said is their father, who they claimed is a retired military man, he ordered them to shoot my legs but they ended up hitting my legs with planks before I was released to go at about 2.30 am of February 11, 2022.”