Nine suspected kidnappers have been apprehended in their hideout at Abule oba, off Ayetoro road, Abeokuta by men of Ogun state Police Command, in a joint effort with local hunters, So Safe corps, OPC, vigilante and men of Amotekun corps.
In a statement, the state Command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi described them as members of a notorious kidnap syndicate terrorising residents of Ogun State.
Oyeyemi said they have abducted several road users plying the axis they operate, ripping their suspects off their hard-earned money.
He listed the suspects as; Hammed Taiwo, Kehinde Jimoh, Umar Sanda, Sanda Aliu, Ali Morandu, Usman Abubakar, Usman Mohammed, Umaru Ahmadu and Umaru Momodu.
The spokesman said the arrest which took place on Sunday followed a credible hint at the disposal of policemen at Sabo/Ilupeju divisional headquarters.
It was learnt that Hammed Taiwo and Kehinde Jimoh who are errand okada riders to the kidnap syndicate were sighted somewhere in Rounder area of Abeokuta North local government then the DPO of Sabo/Ilupeju, SP Mustapha Opawoye, quickly mobilised his men and got them arrested.
During interrogation, Oyeyemi said the duo of 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.”
Their confession, Oyeyemi explained, led to the discovery of the group’s hideout at Abule Oba, “where they always meet after collecting ransom from their victims.”
“Having discovered the hideout, the DPO mobilized 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,” Oyeyemi said.
It was learnt that some kidnap victims have identified the suspects as their abductors.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the Anti-kidnapping section of the State CIID, appreciating the security agencies for the success of the intelligence-based operation.