By Nkasi Kolie
The Ogun State Police Command has arrested four members of a kidnap syndicate who abducted a 13 -year-old-girl at Onipanu area of Ado odo Ota Local Government Arearea of the state.
The 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 Mr.Adejunwon Odunowo, who reported that, her daughter,13, Susan Odunowo was kidnapped.
The Victim’s father reported further that his daughter was sent on an errand by her mother at about 6:30 pm on May 6, but did not return home and he later received an anonymous phone call, demanding for the sum of N500,000 as ransom, if he ever wanted to see his daughter again.
Ogun State Police Spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said: “Upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Onipanu division, CSP Bamidele Job, detailed his crack detectives to embark on intelligence and technical based investigation in order to unravel those behind the devilish act.
“On May 8, 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. Detectives swiftly moved in there, and rescued the victim unhurt.
“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 of Monday, May 10 .
“The victim has since been reunited with her family”.
Meanwhile, the commissioner of police, CP 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 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”.
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