Thursday, September 24, 2020

Ex-Eagles’ brother bags 10year jail term for masterminding kidnapping

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The elder brother of former Super Eagles defensive midfielder Dickson Etuhu, Michael Etuhu, has been handed a 10 year jail term for allegedly masterminding kidnapping and torture for ransom.

Michael, who is a football agent, was accused of arranging the kidnap and torture of a major drug dealer and father of one, Haider Mahmood and also demanding a ransom of about N237 million naira.

Michael whose two brothers Kevin and Dickson are both footballers was said to have recruited a team of thugs to abduct the man and hold him hostage with the belief that he is a multi-millionaire crime lord.

Mahmood was said to have been snatched off the street as he left a trendy barbers shop with his abductors posing as policemen to detain and handcuff him in a fake arrest.

The victim who is in his 30s according to newsmen was driven to an industrial unit where he was held at gunpoint, scalded with a blow torch and given 50,000 volt electric shocks to his testicles whilst a cement mixer operated nearby to drown out his screams.

His wife was subsequently told to hand over 100,000 pounds in cash plus 400,000 pounds worth of heroin and cocaine but police were called.

Armed officers later stormed the gang’s stronghold after tracing the whereabouts of a mobile phone used by Etuhu and the other kidnappers.

At Manchester Crown Court, Etuhu, whose 31-year old brother played for City until 2011 when he was jailed over a casino brawl, admitted conspiracy to kidnap and plotting blackmail and was jailed for ten years and two months.

Other members of the gang jailed along with Michael include John Bishop, Ben Ukaegbu, Daniel Lowe, and Nicky Barnes, who were given terms ranging from seven to eleven years.

While Kevin Etuhu who played for Manchester City was neither capped by England nor Nigeria, Dickson Etuhu on the other hand, who played for Sunderland and Norwich City, made about 33 appearances for the Super Eagles between 2007 and 2011.