A female suspect, Ibikunle Opeyemi who is currently in police custody has revealed that she engaged kidnappers to abduct business partner, Pastor Mapai Samuel of ZOE family international church.
Opeyemi who was arrested alongside one of the kidnappers Kadiri Jamiu stated that “I have been in a business relationship with the pastor. I decided to kidnap him after he cheated on me during our transaction. So I hired the kidnappers to abduct him (my business partner) to teach him a lesson.”
Nigeriacrime.com learned that Ogun State Police Command in the early hours of Thursday 14th of July 2022, arrested the duo in connection with the forceful abduction of Pastor Mapai Samuel.
The suspects were arrested following a distress call received by policemen at Aregbe Divisional Headquarters, that two men dressed in military camouflage accompanied by a woman invaded the church while the pastor was preaching at about 8 pm, and forcefully dragged the pastor out of the Church and took him away to an unknown destination.
Nigeriacrime.com gathered that not long after the abduction the kidnappers called to demand a certain amount of money as ransom.
Sequel to the distress call, the DPO Aregbe Division, CSP Ikechukwu Gabriel, and his detectives swung into action that led them to the suspect’s hideout around Adigbe area of Abeokuta.
Confirming the arrests, the spokesman of Ogun State Police Command said the DPO and his men stormed the kidnapper’s hideout, rescued the pastor, and arrested two of the suspects while two others in military camouflage escaped.”
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, who praised his men for their quick response to the distress call, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the anti-kidnapping unit of the state criminal investigation department for discreet investigation. He also directed that other members of the gang must be hunted for and brought to book.