Four members of a kidnap syndicate have been arrested by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command, for kidnapping a 13-year-old girl in Onipanu Area of Ado Odo in the Ota Local Government area of the state.
The four suspects, John Nelson, 21, Adeleke Ayotunde, 29, Adekunle Basit, 20, and Abey Fagbemi, 20, were arrested, following a complaint lodged at Onipanu divisional headquarters, by one Adejunwon Odunowo, who reported that, his 13-year old daughter, Susan Odunowo, was sent on an errand by her mother at about 6:30 p.m. of 6th of May 2021, but didn’t return home.
A statement by the Command’s PPRO, Abimbola Oyeyemi on Tuesday said that complainant said that he later received an anonymous phone call, demanding for the sum of N500,000 as ransom.
The statement read, “Upon the report, the DPO Onipanu division, Bamidele Job, detailed his crack detectives to embark on intelligence and technical based investigation, in order to unravel those behind the devilish act.
“On the 8th of May 2021, the detectives successfully traced one of the suspects to Cele area of Ota, where he was arrested. His arrest led to the apprehension of two other members of the gang at a factory in Ota.
“It was then discovered that the victim was being kept in a room, owned by Adekunle Basit. The detectives swiftly moved in there, and rescued the victim unhurt.”
Oyeyemi said the leader of the gang, Abbey Fagbemi, who took to flight immediately he heard of the arrest of his fellow gang members, was later arrested at about 7:30 am on Monday 10th of May 2021.
He said the victim has since been reunited with her family.
Oyeyemi added that the State Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who expressed satisfaction about the quick response of his men to the incident, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the anti-kidnapping section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department, for discreet investigation and prosecution.
He also appealed to members of the public, to adhere strictly to various security advice given by the command, in order not to fall victim of kidnap syndicates.