The Ekiti State Police Command has arrested and paraded a housewife, Sule Nana, who allegedly planned to dupe her husband, by faking her own kidnap with the intent to extort a sum of N50,000 from him.
The Command also arrested a dismissed policeman, Ayo Samuel, and five other suspects in connection with alleged cases of kidnappings and robberies, which took place in the state and neighbouring states of recent.
Parading the dismissed cop and other suspects in Ado Ekiti, the Police Commissioner, Mr. Tunde Mobayo, said Samuel confessed to be a member of the kidnapping gang that had participated in different kidnappings and robberies in the state.
On the woman who faked her own abduction, the police boss said the suspect was arrested after intensive Investigation.
Mobayo, represented by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, said the Rapid Response Squad (RSS) operatives on November 20, got a distress call from one Nana that she was kidnapped by unknown gunmen along Ifaki-Oye-Ekiti road alongside other passengers.
He said: “She called her husband and said that the kidnappers were demanding a sum of N50,000 ransom before she could be released. The RRS operatives combed the bush along Ifaki/Oye-Ekiti, before it was later discovered that Nana kidnapped herself to get money from her relatives. She has confessed to committing the crime”.
Mobayo also paraded a fugitive suspect, Dele Jimoh and Ayeni Blessing, who were among the kidnap kingpins that abducted a petrol dealer, Alhaji Suleiman Akinbami, in Ado Ekiti on January 10, 2021.
He added that the arrest was sequel to the earlier arrest of one Adebayo Akeem Banji, Ogunremi Bunmi, Ige Adu and Jimoh Fayoke, on November 6, for alleged conspiracy, armed robbery, burglary, kidnapping, murder and unlawful possession of firearms.
Mobayo said Dele and Blessing allegedly fled upon realising that some of the members of their criminal gang had been nabbed by RRS operatives and had made confessional statements.
He also paraded one Mubarak Bello and his accomplice, Ali Ibrahim, for allegedly masterminding the kidnap of Shekinah Abdulahi and demanded a sum of N50,000 as ransom.
He said: “Police investigation also led to the arrest of one Johnson Apotire, who confessed to be a member of the notorious kidnapping gang and further stated that he usually impersonates Fulani herdsmen due to his physical resemblance to a Fulani man.
“Dele who was arrested in Ilorin, Kwara State, confessed to being the third in command of the notorious kidnapping gang. He stated that he specializes in burglary and stealing, including motorcycles and had burgled more than ten shops/houses, carted away more than 12 motorcycles.
“The CP salutes the Military, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Amotekun, local hunters, traditional rulers and other stakeholders for their cooperation and support that had helped the Command in clamping down on criminal elements across the state.”