Four suspected members of a kidnapping syndicate has been nabbed by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Reports from the desk of the State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi on Wednesday confirmed that the suspects have been terrorising the state capital and its environs.
He also identified the suspects as Ismaila Ibrahim (21), Musa Muhammed (26), Irekura Abu (43) and Okanlawon Muhammed (26).
Oyeyemi noted that the suspects were arrested by the police operatives following a series of kidnap cases at Soyooye and Ibara Orile areas of Abeokuta.
According to the police spokesperson, having received reports of kidnap cases in the aforementioned areas, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, directed the Anti-kidnapping team of the Command to move into the areas and fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.
“In compliance with the CP’s directive, the SP Taiwo Opadiran-led team embarked on a technical and intelligence based investigation, which led them to one of the suspects, Irukura Abu, who was later discovered to be the supplier of guns to the hoodlums.
“His arrest led to the arrest of Musa Muhammed, while he was coming out from their hideout to buy food for their victims and members of the gang. The duo, after thorough investigation they confessed to be members of a kidnap gang who are responsible for the abduction of one Bishop Oladimeji Joshua of Prayer City, Keesan Abeokuta on the 22nd of September 2022.”
The PPRO further explained that the suspects also informed the police that they were responsible for the kidnap of one Kafayat Jelili of Ogo Titun area of Ibara Orile on the 27th of September 2022. Their confession led to the arrest of the remaining two, Ismaila Ibrahim and Okanlawon Muhammed. Recovered from them are: two double barrel guns and one single barrel long gun.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre S. Bankole, who commended the Anti-kidnapping unit for the breakthrough, has ordered the suspects be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded. He also directed a massive manhunt for other members of the gang who are presently on the run, with the view to bring them to justice,” Oyeyemi added.