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Police arrest 5 suspected kidnappers in Ogun

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The Police Command in Ogun has arrested five suspected members of a kidnap gang terrorising residents of Obada-Oko, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abeokuta.

The suspects: Aliu Manya, Usman Abubakar, Abayomi Olayiwola, Nasiru Muhammad and Bello Usman were arrested, following information received by policemen in Obada-Oko Divisional headquarters.

Oyeyemi said that the men were sighted on two motorcycles inside a forest in the Eleja area of the community at about 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

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“Upon the information, the DPO Obada-Oko Division, CSP Tijani Muhammed, quickly mobilised his men and in conjunction with other stakeholders like So-Safe Corps, hunters and local vigilante stormed the forest where the five suspects were apprehended.

“Recovered from them were illicit drugs such as packs of tramadol, weeds suspected to be Indian hemp and three cutlasses.

“Others are two motorcycles with registration numbers – MEK 504 VC and ODE 423 VC – and cash sum of N73,000,” he said.

He said that a victim earlier kidnapped and released by the gang identify them as those that kidnapped him.

According to Oyeyemi, the victim’s brother, who took the ransom to them, also identified two of the suspects as those who collected the money for the release of his brother.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered the transfer of the suspects to the anti-kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

“The police commissioner also directed that other members of the gang should be hunted for and brought to justice,’’ he said.

The public relations officer appealed to members of the public to give the police useful information that would assist in tracking down criminals within their areas.

Meanwhile, some residents of Obada-Oko have commended the police for being proactive and ensuring the arrest of the kidnappers.

Mrs Adenike Lika, the Secretary, Ayegbami Community Development Area, Obada-Oko, said that residents could now walk freely as against when everyone had to retire to their homes by 7.00 p.m.

Another resident who could not hide his excitement, said: “Wow! This is great news. The Obada-Oko police division and other stakeholders have done a good job.”

In the same vein, the Police Command in Kwara has recovered the dead body of a kidnapped victim, simply identified as Adegboja.

Adegboja, 56, was kidnapped on Nov. 19, at Olla town in Isin Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Okasanmi Ajayi, confirmed this in a statement issued on Wednesday in Ilorin.

According to him, the command expressed her condolences to the people of Olla in particular and Kwara in general.

“Every available human and material resources to the command was deployed in the effort to get the deceased rescued alive.

“But unfortunately, the reverse was the case, as he died as a result of the severe injuries to his left hand inflicted on him by the kidnappers in the struggle to subdue him.

“When the information received from the team of vigilante and local hunters coopted into the search for the victim to the effect that his dead body has been found deep inside the bush and has been handed over to the family by the police, because of the decomposing condition of the body.

“Effort is still ongoing to arrest the culprits as we believe some of the criminals must have suffered some gunshot injuries in the course of exchange of gunfire with our men.

“The Commissioner of Police commiserate with the family of the deceased and further assures the people of Kwara that the command will not relent in her effort to see that criminality of any nature and shape are brought down to a minimal level before, during and after the yuletide period in the state,” the statement read in part.


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