An ex -driver of the Chief Executive Officer of Menakeb Limited , a waste management service provider , in Rivers State, has been arrested by the police .
The suspect , 26 -year-old Silva Tekena , reportedly connived with his Gang members to kidnap his former boss , Chief Nnemi Adoki, in Port Harcourt , the state capital .
The other suspects were identified as Justice Timothy , 22 , the gang leader; Akpos Livinus , 33 ; Daniel Allen , 27 ; Kelvin Alpheus , 30 and David Abak, 29 .
They were arrested on Monday by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team in Rivers State.
PUNCH Metro learnt that hardly had 61 -year-old Adoki drove out of his office on Agbe Road on December 15 , 2017 , when the kidnappers abducted him at gunpoint and whisked him away.
Two motorists, one of whom was identified as Abdullahi Maikano, reportedly witnessed the kidnapping and gave the gunmen a chase.
They reportedly opened fire on the motorists and shot Maikano dead in the process .
It was gathered that the gunmen escaped through the waterways and abandoned their operational vehicle, while the police were alerted to the incident .
Adoki was reportedly held in creeks in the Akuku -Toru Local Government Area of the state for 21 days and was released after N9 m ransom was paid .
A police source disclosed to our correspondent that the driver of the vehicle, Abak, was later arrested . He led police operatives to round up other members of the gang .
The source said , “ Following the killing of Maikano and kidnapping of Chief Nemi Adoki, and his eventual release on January 4, 2018 after payment of N9 m ransom, the IG IRT operatives arrested six members of the gang from different locations in Rivers and Bayelsa states .
“ The sacked driver of the victim brought the job to the gang and got N1 m share from the ransom. Serious effort towards arresting the remaining gang member at large is in progress . Two pump-action rifles were recovered from them. ”
Tekena in a chat with PUNCH Metro on Thursday confessed to the crime , saying that he used his share of the ransom to complete his house which was under construction.
He said, “ I worked as a driver with chief for about a year. He paid me a salary of N35 ,000. He sacked me in October 2016 because I mistakenly barged into his office when he was with a woman . He owed me two months ’ salaries .
“ My friend, Daniel, asked me to give him information about chief. He said we would make money from kidnapping him . He invited his gang members and they kidnapped him . They gave me N1 m from the ransom they collected . It was bad friendship that led me into this . ”
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