The Edo state police command yesterday paraded a 24-year-old man, Michael Duda, who kidnapped his teenage girlfriend and demanding a N2 million ransom from her parents. When he was arrested, a love-struck Michael, said he kidnapped his girlfriend so he can get some money from her parents to organize their wedding.According to Michael who sells cups, his girlfriend had just finished secondary school and he knew that her parents would not give her hand out in marriage to him. He wanted to collect the money and elope with her. He had sex with her throughout the four days he held her captive.
“I live at Ekae, off Sapele Road. She came to my house. We planned to collect money from her father to raise money for our wedding, but I did not collect the money again. She stayed in my home for four days. I couldn’t tell the father I want to marry his daughter. She said her father will not agree because she is yet to gain admission to a university. She was with me for four days. The father said he had no money. I was at home with my lover when the police came to arrest me.”
When interrogated, his teenage girlfriend said they met on Facebook and after the usual exchange of pleasantries, she decided to visit him. She said she was surprised that Michael abducted her when she got to his home, adding that she learnt he demanded N4 million ransom from her father.