Five arrested suspects behind the kidnapping of health official Dr Dissongo in Douala, were presented to the press on Monday April 18. They explained how their operation was planned to happen before interception by the police.
The culprits had demanded a ransom of 200 million FCFA for the release of the medical doctor, a scheme which unfortunately backfired on them. While Dr Dissongo was still in captivity, her hostage-takers did everything to get the 200 million FCFA released to them as soon as possible. She was threatened with death as a way to pressurize her parents.
The bandits equally tried to make their whereabouts untraceable for the police.
“We went with her telephone to Edea and called the Police, after that we continued to Kribi… We continued to call the family while there. After that, we came back to Douala. We did this to make the family think that we were the other way with her” gang leader Tamto Wato Ulrich explained.
However, their efforts to pressurize Dr Olivia’s parents as well as dissimulate their exact location, did not work.
“After being consulted by the family of the victim, we increased the number of tracks that led us to the towns like Edea, Kribi, given that the culprits tried to dissimulate their location” Edou Essono Arsene, Commissioner of Police and service head for criminal investigations and research in the Littoral region said.
Dr Olivia Dissongo, kidnapped on April 6 at the Douala International Airport, was found six days later. Her abductors who had made her understand she was coming for a job interview at the Douala airport, were nabbed on Friday, April 15.
Gang leader Tamto Wato Ulrich – 37 years, Tuete Fotso Victor – 27, Fotso Derick – 22, Kamdem Michael – 23, and Tadjob Kamgue – 26 years, are currently at the New Bell Central Prison.
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