Suspected Benue kidnappers outline reasons for victims’ death

The suspected kidnappers from Benue State have revealed reasons why some victims do not make it alive from captivity.

The suspects, who were arrested in Osun state stated that most times, some of the victims die due to their inability to survive the trauma of being in kidnappers’ den.

The Benue State Police Command, which disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, said the reasons for the death of kidnap victims were extracted from the suspects during interrogation.

Apart from trauma, the suspects were said to have also stated that many victims were killed because of the inability of their families to pay ransoms demanded by their captors.

The statement issued by the spokesperson for the command, DSP Catherine Anene, said the corpses recently exhumed from shallow graves in the Katsina Ala area of the state had been taken for autopsy.

Anene said “The suspects confessed that some of the victims died due to their inability to survive the trauma of being held hostage, while others were killed for not paying the required ransoms.

“Two of the suspects also confessed to have killed their wives for making attempts to expose their nefarious acts.

“Four corpses were exhumed for autopsy, while investigation into the case is on going to enable the arrest of suspects at large and unravel more facts about the case.”

The PPRO said efforts of the command to get rid of criminal elements in the Sankera area of the state were yielding fruits, adding that several suspects had been arrested and charged, while normalcy had been restored in various markets in the area.


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