Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested two suspected members of a kidnap syndicate allegedly terrorising Ijebu-Ode and its environs.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement on Monday, said the suspects, Samuel Abiodun, 46; and Denis Blessing, 28; were arrested following a series of kidnap cases in Ijebu-Ode.
The PPRO said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had given a marching order to all the Divisional Police Officers in the area to fish out the perpetrators of the crime within the shortest possible time.
He said, “In compliance with the CP’s directive, the DPO, Igbeba division, CSP Musiliu Doga, and his crack detectives, embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation, which subsequently led to the arrest of Denis Blessing on December 8, 2021, in his house at Ijebu-Ode.
“His arrest and confession led to the apprehension of Samuel Oke Abiodun in his hideout also in Ijebu-Ode.
“On interrogation, the two suspects confessed to have participated in four different kidnap operations in Ijebu-Ode.
“They confessed to being part of a syndicate that kidnapped one Alhaja Salam Mojisola on December 6, 2021 at the entrance of her house on Akinsanya Street, Mobalufon, Ijebu-Ode.
“They also confessed to the kidnap of one Mrs Olaitan Daodu on January 26, 2021.
“Also, one Mrs Abimbola Bolanle Lateefat, the Deputy Director, ICT Department at the Tai Solarin University of Education, was also kidnapped by the gang on May 20, 2021.
“They also participated in the kidnap of one Mrs Adegoke along the Atan-Ijebu Road.
“According to the duo, their assignment is to scout around, identify and monitor their would-be victims from their business places to their houses, and inform other members of the gang, who will then block the victims mostly at the entrance of their houses and abduct such persons.
“A Toyota Camry with number plate, GGE 200 FN, which is their operational vehicle, has also been recovered.”
Oyeyemi said the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.