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DSS officer, 3 others in police net for kidnapping

DSS officer, 3 others in police net for kidnapping

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Judex Okoro, Calabar

Four persons, including an operative of the Department of State Services (DSS), have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the kidnap of two brothers.

The suspects were said to have kidnapped Mr. Robert Bassey and his brother a few days ago, claiming they had unfinished business with the duo.

Parading the suspects in Calabar yesterday, the Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Austin Agbolahor, said that the suspects took Bassey and his brother hostage in the Atimbo axis of the Calabar metropolis, claiming that Robert owed them.

Represented by the police spokesperson, Irene Ugbo, the CP said the suspects were apprehended by police following a distress call from a Good Samaritan.

And without much delay, the police anti- cultism and kidnapping squad swung into action and rounded up the suspects.

Denying the allegation that he was a kidnapper, one of the suspects, who claimed to be an operative of the DSS, said: “I am not a kidnapper but was called in by my friend to assist him retrieve some monies, which he gave to Mr. Bassey to facilitate admission into the University of Calabar.”

Also denying the allegations, Mr. Eyo Edet, 36, said: “The police apprehended us while trying to retrieve the N218,000, which two of the suspects gave to Mr. Bassey to help secure admission for the two friends into the University of Calabar.

“We are not kidnappers but we only wanted to get the money, which Robert collected from us. I am a staff of Calabar Municipal Council, in Cross River State. I don’t know anything concerning kidnapping as alleged by our accusers.”

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