Nine suspected kidnappers have reportedly been arrested after combined operatives of the Police officers from the Ogun State command, and local security outfits Burst their hideout.
The Police disclosed that the suspects, which belonged to a “notorious kidnap syndicate terrorising residents of Ogun State,” were arrested on Sunday.
According to the police command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the kidnap group operated along the Abeokuta-Ayetoro Road where several people had been kidnapped and made to pay millions of naira ransom.
He noted that a joint operation involving the police, local hunters, operatives of the So-safe Corps, Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Amotekun Corps and local vigilantes discovered the hideout and made the arrest.
The name of the suspects arrested, according to Oyeyemi, are Hammed Taiwo, Kehinde Jimoh, Ali Morandu, Sanda Aliu, Umar Sanda, Usman Mohammed, Usman Abubakar, Umaru Ahmadu and Umaru Momodu.
Daily Posts learnt that the suspects’ arrest followed credible intelligence made available to policemen at Sabo/Ilupeju divisional headquarters.
It was gathered that the police had received information that two of the suspects, Hammed Taiwo and Kehinde Jimoh, were responsible for running errands for the kidnappers, using motorcycles and when the suspects were sighted somewhere in the Rounder area of Abeokuta North, SP Mustapha Opawoye, the DPO of Sabo/Ilupeju, quickly mobilised personnel there and got them arrested.
Oyeyemi stressed that, during interrogation, the two arrested suspects, Taiwo and Kehinde, confessed to being part of the syndicate, “but their own role is to run errands and watch the environment to prevent law enforcement agents from getting to them unawares”.
According to Oyeyemi explanation, their confession led to the discovery of the group’s den at Abule Oba, “where they always meet after collecting ransom from their victims.”
In his words:
“Having discovered the hideout, the DPO mobilised his men, So-safe corps, OPC men, local hunters and men of Amotekun corps and subsequently stormed the place where all the nine members of the syndicate were arrested.”
Meanwhile, Lanre Bankole, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the Anti-kidnapping section of the State Criminal Investigation and intelligence (Department) CIID, and he appreciated the security agencies for the success of the intelligence-based operation.