To members of the public, this madman who simply identified himself as Dele is a pathetic psychiatric patient who only wanders around without a definite destination.
Until he was arrested on Tuesday by men of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corpse in Isikan area of Akure, no one would have had an inkling that he is a stinking millionaire who has carved a niche for himself through a kidnapping business.
Parading the suspect on Tuesday at the corpse headquarters in Akure, the NSCDC Commandant, Pedro Awili said he was arrested by his men while on surveillance duty within the metropolis.
“We have been on his trail for some days. It was a resident who spotted him that alerted our patrol team while on duty. To our surprise, we noticed he has a mobile phone because as a madam, he was not expected to have a functional mobile phone.
“Few minutes after he was arrested, and his mobile phone seized, an alert of 1.5millon naira payment was received on it. “Suddenly, he forcefully collected the phone and smashed it on the floor. We are going to repair the phone and ascertain the source of the alert.” Awili noted.
However, some residents of the neighborhood confirmed he was a madman that walked around like the usual ones in town.
“Nobody ever thought he is a Kidnapper because he appears regularly like a typical madman. Am sure the patrol team that arrested him must have acted on information because it would be difficult for anyone to believe that he is not an insane person.” Said Ibilola Idowu.
Other items recovered from him include a wallet containing 3,500-naira, car key, voters card and a court affidavit.
Awili said the suspect will be charged to court once all investigations are concluded and other collaborators are nabbed.
It is a common thing in most parts of Nigeria where people believed to be psychologically insane, turned out to be kidnappers.
In most cases, their targets are children below the age of 10.