Man who kidnapped House of Reps member allegedly sleeping with wife, nabbed by Police

Man who kidnapped House of Reps member allegedly sleeping with wife, nabbed by Police

A man identified as Cyril Isong, has been arrested by the Police in Abuja for allegedly kidnapping a member of the House of Representatives.

However, the man, in his confessional statement, had accused the Rep member of sleeping with his wife.

Isong, a 36-year-old graduate of Information Technology at the Federal University of Minna, Niger State, had allegedly conspired, alongside some other persons to kidnapped the legislator in Abuja and extort money from him in 2020. But the suspect attributed his action to the fact that he discovered that the legislator, whose identity remains undisclosed, was having an amorous affair with his wife.

Further, the man told newsmen, while being paraded by the Police, that he had discovered the affair after he hacked his wife’s phone.

 “I got married in 2017. The experience between 2017 and 2019 was awesome. I travelled all over the world with my beautiful wife, for business and pleasure. All was going on well until COVID-19 disrupted everything. We lost a lot of goods as a businessman and at one point, I was indebted,’’ the man revealed.

“All of a sudden, I noticed that my wife started locking her phones. Being a computer guru, I was able to tap into her line and started reading her discussion with different men. Reading text messages of how she begged men for money got me angry.

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‘‘The honourable was one of them.

“One day, he (legislator) visited our house pretending to be a family friend. Unknown to him that I had read his chats with my wife. That was when I made up my mind to deal with him. I played along and collected his number. His visit led to the break-up of my marriage because when I confronted my wife, she got angry and packed out of the house.


“When my wife left, I bought a new line and contacted the honourable, pretending to be a woman. I contacted some cultists that I knew in school to help me arrange a beautiful girl who had a video call with the honourable. He fell into the trap.

“I told honourable that I hated sleeping in the hotel with a man that is not my husband. I invited him to a short-let apartment in an estate in Asokoro, where I paid N80,000 per night.

“On the agreed date, he came and we tied him up.

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‘‘I did not speak throughout so that he wouldn’t recognize my voice. We searched him and took all the valuables and cash found on him. He refused to call his family for more money. Rather, he requested our account number.

‘‘But I knew that would implicate us. So, we untied him and allowed him to go. We did not beat him. It was at the police station that I learnt the boys that I hired took some dollars from his car,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Police has revealed that the man would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.

Isong was arrested by operatives of the Force Intelligence Response Team (IRT) led by its Commander, DCP Tunji Disu. He was nabbed in Akwa-Ibom state, a year after the abduction of the House of Representative member.

The police accused him of being behind a series of other kidnap cases.


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