Why we kidnapped the Babington girls – Suspect

Emmanuel Arigidi, the leader of kidnapping gang which abducted three secondary students at Babington Macaulay Junior seminary, Ikorodu, Lagos. He was paraded at the Government House, Alausa, Lagos on Sunday, March 6, 2015. PHOTO: ODITA SUNDAY

Emmanuel Arigidi, the leader of kidnapping gang which abducted three secondary students at Babington Macaulay Junior seminary, Ikorodu, Lagos. He was paraded at the Government House, Alausa, Lagos on Sunday, March 6, 2015. PHOTO: ODITA SUNDAY

The leader of the kidnapping gang that abducted three students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary in Ikorodu has revealed that money was the sole reason behind their activities.

Emmanuel Arigidi, who led the group, said while being paraded at the Lagos State House on Sunday that they were motivated by lust for money. He was paraded along with two other suspects: Seun Akanji and Henry.

Deborah Akinayo, Oluwatimilehin Olusa and Tofunmi Popo-Olaniyan were reading in their class on the school premises on Monday evening when they were kidnapped.

Arigidi narrated how the gang abducted the three girls and how disagreement among members of the group might have aided police in rescuing the abducted girls.

“We went to Maya Bridge to enter Canoe and went to the school around 8pm. After we gained entrance into the school, we took away three girls and we took them to our hideout,” Arigidi said.

“But along the line, we had disagreement between ourselves and I was actually the one that started it. I told other members of the gang that what we have done is not good and that I don’t like it.”

Seun Akanji and Henry were also arrested by the police.

Seun Akanji and Henry were also arrested by the police.

Continuing, he said: “I know that security in Lagos State is now tight and I was telling others that there was no way we would get away with this kind of job considering the level of security in the state.

“When I told them that we should end the assignment, other members of the gang threatened to kill me and then I took canoe to run away.

“Three days after I ran away, operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) then arrested me somewhere in Majidun and that was how I told them how we planned the attack.

“One thing I will like to say is that if not for the fact that I was arrested, they would not have seen the girls because I was the one that revealed everything to the police,” he narrated.



10 Comments
  • walker3333

    you are very lucky you guys didnt end up in the hands of of real people..you know what they would have done for you kidnappers instant justice,,BURN YOU ALL up

  • walker3333

    thats the difference between real people and justice systems..law prefers long arguments despite confirmation that kidnapper and robbers admitted thbey did it while real people havent got time for that since theyve admitted guilt…..

    • cyprian nzekwe

      real people killed 4 Uniport students in Alu, Rivers State

  • Yesufu

    Real people know it is Wrong to Take Any life under Any guise
    by taking Laws into our hands! It makes u and these Animals one and d same!!!.let Them face d Law!!! Without which? We become Animals!!!

    • Akpobome

      let us all become animals to deal with these animals.

  • kojasowo

    Hmm…..your time is up

  • akeebaba

    “”one thing I will like to say is that if not for the fact that I was arrested, they would not have seen the girls because I was the one that revealed everything to the police”” ARIGIDI YOU WILL DIE LIKE FOWL, IF YOU HAS HAD A CHANGE OF HEART, YOU COULD HAVE APPROACH THE POLICE ANONYMOUSLY AND REVEAL EVERY DETAILS OF INFORMATION AND YOU WILL STILL BE ALIVE,BUT YOUR GREED PREVENTED YOU FROM DOING THAT. YOU HAVE ONLY ONE WEEK TO LIVE, MAKE IT WORTHWHILE.

  • Dr. Jegede, Ajibade Ebenezer

    For how long will Nigerian people continue in this type of mess. The Federal and state government should produce a stringent and effective law on the treatment of kidnapping cases in this country without delay. There is no excuse to be unreasonable. The non kidnappers in the population face similar challenges as the kidnappers and the alibi of running short of cash should not be the basis upon which any unreasonable lazy human being will continue to cause imbalance to our psychic unabatedly. I am personal tired of government ineptitude on the issue of kidnapping so therefore any subsequent kidnapping case will be looked upon as government abated crime.

  • nuelsymbol

    These heartless criminal s should rot in the prison with hard labor.

  • AZZO

    So are you saying that members of the public and the girls parents should be thankful to you because you led the police to where your partners in crime held the poor girls hostage? You know, if I was anywhere near you when you made that statement I would have endorsed it with a thunderous slap if not a vicious kick to your groin you this irresponsible kidnapper.

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