Ogun Police arrests serial kidnappers, others


By Sanusi Lateef

Operatives of the Ogun State Police command have arrested two leading members of a kidnap gang allegedly responsible for a number of kidnappings in the State.

The State Police Commissioner, Lanre Bankole, while paradaing the suspects, Sulaimon Mohammed and Jato Bello at the command headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, the State capital said the suspects were arrested at their hideout at Rounder area of Abeokuta.

Bankole said the suspects were found out to be responsible for the abduction of one Ajibola Salimot Adejoke on the 17th of February, 2022 at her house in Oke-Odo off Ayetoro road in Abeokuta.

He added that they also kidnapped one Victoria Oladoyin at Aboba area of Sodeke Titun on the 26th of February, 2022.

The Police boss said two siblings, Esther Kehinde and David Kehinde were also kidnapped by the gang in Ayetoro on the 8th of March, 2022.

Bankole said some of the victims have identified them as their abductors.

Three murder suspects were also paraded by the Police boss for two different murder cases.

Two of the suspects, Chidi Samuel Ejiogu and Paul Zakari were arrested for the alleged murder of one Favour Okumazor.

Parading the suspects, the Commissioner said the suspects who are co-founder of a Christian fellowship group named “Life Builders Network” allegedly took some youths numbering seven away from their parents to an isolated area in Oyan Village via Imala for what they called Bible Study and fellowship.

The Police boss said while in the isolated area, one of the youths whose parents have reported missing at Ibafo Police station fell sick and later died.

He added that the suspects “who refused to let the girl go when she fell sick, secretly buried her in a shallow grave within the village”.

Bankole said it was one of the captured youths who escaped that informed the victim’s parents which led to the arrest of the two suspects.

The other paraded murder suspect, Saheed Ogundahun was arrested for allegedly killing a herdsman, Zanda Abu.

The Police Commissioner said the suspect, a hunter has confessed that he shot the victim to death and buried him in the bush.

He added that the suspect has taken Policemen to where he buried the deceased and the corpse has been exhumed and taken to the morgue of General Hospital Ifo for autopsy.

A total of eight armed robbery suspects were also paraded for different robbery cases during the parade.

Items recovered from all the suspects paraded include, a Toyota Corrolla marked GGE-733-FL, locally made single barrel gun, a dane gun and one locally made pistol.



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