I have Made N10m From Kidnapping So Far

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a suspected kidnapper, Mr. Anthony Agidi, for allegedly belonging to a gang which abducted a female bank worker, Mrs. Ladi Garba, in July this year.
It was learnt that the abduction of Garba was one out of eight operations which the gang had carried out in Delta and Lagos states.
According to the police, Garba was an employee of Keystone Bank when she was kidnapped by the gang in the Lekki area of Lagos.
It was gathered that the 33-year-old suspect was arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad at about 2pm on Wednesday, November 26.
It was also learnt that Agidi was tracked down to a community chairman’s house in Ekenwa, Benin, Edo State by SARS Commander, SP Abba Kyari, and his team, where the suspect was arrested.
According to the police, the operational vehicle of the gang, a Volkswagen Jetta car, marked AKU 421 AA, two AK-47 rifles and some live cartridges were recovered after the arrest.
The female banker was driving a Toyota Prado Sports Utility Vehicle on her way back home in Lekki when the gang swooped on the vehicle and kidnapped her.
It was learnt that subsequently, the police went on a rescue mission to a forest in the area, where the banker was held for six days, and engaged the gang in a shootout.
During the operation, two members of the gang, identified simply as Steve and Apofure, were killed by the police, while Agidi and two others escaped.
It was gathered that Garba was rescued alive, and the police got on the trail of the fleeing gang members, which eventually led to Agidi’s arrest in Edo.
Speaking on the incident, Agidi, a native of Ughelli, Delta State, said the gang constructed a tent inside the bush where they hid Garba, while they negotiated a ransom of N6m with her family.
He said, “I live in Awoyaya in the Ibeju-Lekki area. I was formerly working as a welder before I joined the gang. The kidnapping of Garba in July was our eighth operation. On that day, we made use of two vehicles. We were seven in number.
“Steve was the one who blocked the banker’s SUV. We took her away, but left her car, so we would not be traced. Two of us had constructed a nylon tent in a bush where we kept her.
“Any food she requested was what we gave her. We wanted to collect the N6m, but we did not get the money before the police came after us. The police traced our hideout while one of us went to collect ransom from the banker’s family. When the police swooped on us, I was able to escape with a gunshot injury.”
Agidi, who is married with two children, added that he had made about N10m from the kidnapping operations led by the gang in Delta and Lagos states.
He said, “I was living in Port Harcourt before I came to Lagos in 2011. I was jobless, and met one Henry who later introduced me to the gang. They took me out on the first operation.
“That was in October 2011. I was given N280,000. We went to kidnap a woman in Benin.
“The second was also in Benin, and I got N100,000. The third was in Delta, where we kidnapped a woman. I was given N2.8m. We had collected about N9m ransom from her. We usually target people in expensive cars.
“Our seventh operation was in the Ajah area of Lagos. That was in June and our victim was a woman. I was given N350,000 from the operation
“The eighth operation was the abduction of the female bank worker in July.”
Two members of the gang, identified simply as Nyerewo and Anthony, were still at large.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the arrest of the suspect.
He said, “The suspect is with us. Investigations are ongoing.”


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria


  1. All kinds of evil are just as the bible named them "BOTTOMLESS PIT". You keep going on it without thoughts (insatiably) until you are caught. If not why would he not have ceased and started another thing genuine, but he kept on until he met his waterloo!

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