THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday announced that operatives from the Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) have busted a group of Nigerian kidnappers following the arrests of three of its members in Bulacan by local policemen.
The Director of the PNP-AKG, Senior Supt. Roberto Fajardo in a statement identified three members of the group arrested by elements of the Bulacan Provincial Police Office, namely Ifeanyi Augustine Chinwueba, Martin Okofor and Austin Chukweuba Agu.
Fajardo said in a statement that the three suspects were part of a Nigerian Kidnapping Syndicate that victimizes fellow citizens who are temporary residents in the country.
The police official said the suspects were responsible for the kidnapping of two Nigerian citizens identified as Osuoha Ikenna Amaefule and Onyedeke Ferdinand Munachiso last June 9.
Fajardo said the victims have arrived in the country last June 9 to earn a college degree in San Fernando, La Union.
He also said that the kidnappers demanded the ransom of 6 million Nigerian Dollars, which is equivalent to P 1.358 million in exchange for the safe release of the kidnap victims.
The police official added that fortunately the victims were able to escape from their kidnappers after seven days and reported the said incident to the Pulilan Police Station in Bulacan.
The victims then accompanied elements of the AKG and Bulacan Police to the suspect’s safehouse in Plaridel, Bulacan that resulted to the suspect’s arrests.
Fajardo said that a case for Kidnap for Ransom under article 267 of the Revised Penal Code are now being readied for filing before the Department of Justice against the arrested three Nigerian kidnap suspects.