The operatives of Ogun State Police command have confirmed the arrest of two members of a kidnap syndicate who kidnapped one 25-year-old Mariam Fagbohun and subsequently murdered her 50-year-old mother in the operation.
The kidnap victim, Mariam Fagbohun was abducted by a six-man kidnapping gang in Ijoun, in Yewa North Local Government on the 21st of August 2020.
A statement from the command on Wednesday said the victim was kidnapped after closing from her shop.
According to the statement, the victim’s mother, Annah Fagbohun was hit by stray bullet as the kidnappers shot sporadically into the air.
The statement read, “Distress call was made to the police, consequent upon which the DPO Egua division, Kalejaiye Olarenwaju led his men to the scene and with the collaboration of members of the Community, they were able to rescue the victim and apprehended one member of the gang by name Jimoh Fayemi a native of Omu-Odo in Ekiti State.
“Upon his arrest, the Commissioner of police, CP Edward Ajogun directed that the suspect be transferred to the Anti-kidnapping section with a clear mandate that the rest members of the gang must be hunted for and brought to book.
“The team embarked on a technical and intelligence based investigation which led to the arrest of another member of the gang, James Arowolo in Ekiti State.
“On interrogation, the duo confessed to having been contracted by one man simply known as “Ade” and his friend known as ‘Doctor’ who live in the same neighborhood with the victim to come and swindle her of a huge sum of money.
“But having realised that the woman will not fall into their trap, they decided to kidnap her and demand for ransom.”
The statement added that three single barrel guns, 12live cartridges and face mask were recovered from them.
The state Commissioner of Police, Edward A. Ajogun had ordered manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang.