Tayo AFOLABI

 

Operatives of the Ogun State Police command, have successfully arrested two suspected kidnappers in the Imeko area of Imeko Afon Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement in Abeokuta, the state capital, gave the names of the suspects as Umar Usman and Muhammed Ibrahim.

Oyeyemi said: “The suspects were arrested following a report lodged at Imeko divisional headquarters by one Suleiman Mohammed, who reported that he was called on the phone with a hidden number, and the caller threatened to get him kidnapped if he failed to pay N5 million within a week.

“The caller also urged him to go and sell all his cows to raise the money within the stipulated time.”

“Upon the report, the DPO Imeko division, CSP Ubine Eugine, mobilised his detectives to embark on a technical and intelligence-based investigation, which led them to the hideout of the suspects at Iwoye and Idofa forests where they were picked up one after the other.

“Upon their arrest, it was discovered that one of the suspects is married to the sister of the victim, and he was the one who gave information to others about how wealthy the victim is.

“On interrogation, the suspects, who confessed to knowing their victim very well informed the police that they decided to kidnap the man to cough out money from him because if they ask him for financial assistance, he will not do it”.

The State Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the anti-kidnapping unit of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation.

In a related development, operatives of the Rivers State Police Command also arrested four suspected kidnappers and wounded two others during a raid on a criminal hideout in Egwi community in Etche Local Government Area.

Acting Public Relations Officer of the Command, DSP Grace Iringe-Koko, who made this known, announced that two kidnap victims were rescued unhurt by the police in separate operations.

She stated that the four suspects had allegedly abducted a cleric with a new generation church in Rivers State sometime in February, adding that the victim has been freed unhurt.

Iringe-Koko said: “Rivers State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has arrested four kidnap kingpins terrorizing Egwi-Etche and environs of Etche Local Government Area.

“Luck ran out of them when they abducted one Pastor Jeremiah Atelibo of Salvation Ministry Church Port Harcourt on February 28, 2022.

“Operatives using artificial intelligence were able to locate and storm their hideout and arrested four suspects namely, Barisi Yikes, 31; Chinedu Simeon, 28; Justice Obodo, 32;, and Jeffrey, 28′.

“Pastor Jeremiah was successfully rescued unhurt. A locally made pistol with three live cartridges was recovered from them, among other exhibits.”

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