A 24-year-old man, Michael Duda, has said he kidnapped his teenage girlfriend to raise money for their wedding.
Michael, paraded with 104 suspects arrested for kidnapping, rape, robbery and cultism, at the headquarters of Edo State Police Command, said the girl just finished secondary school and there was no way he could approach her parents for marriage.
Addressing reporters yesterday, Michael said he kept the girl in his home for four days and asked her father to pay N4 million ransom.
The suspect, who said he sells cups, admitted that he had sex with the girl throughout the four days.
“I live at Ekae, off Sapele Road. She came to my house. We planned to collect money from her father to raise money for our wedding, but I did not collect the money again. She stayed in my home for four days.
“I couldn’t tell the father I want to marry his daughter. She said her father will not agree because she is yet to gain admission to a university. She was with me for four days. The father said he had no money. I was at home with my lover when the police came to arrest me.”
The girl said they met on Facebook and after days, she visited him.
She said she was surprised that Michael abducted her when she got to his home, adding that she learnt he demanded N4 million ransom from her father.
The teenager’s elder sister, Rodha, said her sister was sexually abused before the police rescued her.