Alex Arthur, a businessman from Rivers State, has described how a teenager he fed and clothed hired a group to kidnap him on September 8 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.


The man said in an interview with The Nation that:

“There is a boy I used to know in my former place of residence. His name is Golden aka Sugar Gold. I met him early last year. He was looking unkempt, although he was old enough to take care of himself.

I was helping, clothing, him. I fed him sometimes, showing him love even though he wasn’t related to me. But he was the one, who arranged a gang of criminals to kidnap me.”

Alex in his narration said that he was kidnapped when he was coming back from the gym.

“I alighted from my car to open my gate at Iwofe area, two guys approached me. One of them showed me an ID card claiming to be a naval officer and he called my name first, my phone number,  my local government area. He called out all my personal information.

The other person brought out a gun and asked me to go to the back seat of my car while the other one took charge of my driver’s seat.

They drove out of my street and we headed for D/line, where the one driving went into an office, collected some documents and drove to the bank where he performed some transactions.”

He revealed that he was held at gunpoint in the back seat throughout the session.

“From there, they drove me down to an unknown area in Oyigbo axis, where they kept me briefly and demanded a ransom of N1.5million. After the negotiations, they said I didn’t come up with a reasonable amount of money. They drove me back to my house in Port Harcourt, where they made away with my television set, emptied my fridge, turned my room inside out.

They left with the things they collected, which are my car, phone, television set, N128,000, and a huge sum of money from my car and headset.

They brought me back the same day. They dropped me at my junction and zoomed off. I think they felt it would be an inconvenience for them to keep me captive. Moreover, they were just two guys.

I was scared for my life. They had a six-round loaded pistol pointed to my waist. They threatened to kill me. Those guys are heartless and wicked.”

He said that the two-man gang members were eventually traced down and detained by police using his stolen phone. They confessed to Sugar Gold sending them to kidnap me, he said.

“I felt heartbroken that someone I was assisting to get on his feet turned around to kill me. His people have been begging me to forgive him. I have forgiven him but he needs to suffer the consequences of his action.”



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