Men of the Edo State Police Command have arrested a member of the gang that abducted two students of Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara.
The suspect, identified as Happy Idodo, was nabbed in Benin City, the Edo State capital, while looking for a buyer for the Toyota Camry snatched from the victims.
Another female suspect belonging to the gang was earlier arrested while attempting to collect the ransom paid for the release of the kidnapped students.
Happy, who denied being a member of the kidnap gang, said it was his brother, Wisdom, who brought the vehicle to him.
He said he was into yahoo yahoo business.
Happy said: “I am not a kidnapper. It was my brother who brought this car on Saturday. I was surprised and asked him about it. He said it belonged to his friend. On Sunday, we were going out and the car stopped. As were pushing it, we heard gunshots. The two others ran and where I ran to. I was caught. I called my brother, Wisdom, but he didn’t say anything. I was surprised when police told me that the owner of the vehicle was kidnapped.”
Narrating their ordeal, the two students, who are lovers, said they were returning from a school party.
Benjamin Becky, 25, said: “My boyfriend and I were returning from a party at 5am. We were in front of our hostel gate when some boys accosted us and took us away to the bush. We spent three days in the bush; they did not give us any food or water. They wore mask.
“We were inside the forest under the rain for three days and we were blindfolded. I was not raped.”
Her boyfriend, Yelsin Eisemage, said he paid N350,000 for their release.
Police Commissioner Danmallam Abubakar said other fleeing members would be arrested.