By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The commissioner of police in Oyo State, CP Shina Olukolu has re-assured people of the state command’s determination, and preparedness to continue to protect lives and property, during and after this yuletide period.
The police boss gave the assurance at the press briefing and parade of some kidnappers and child abductors at the Command Headquarters, Eleyele Ibadan on Thursday.
Addressing journalists on the development, CP Olukolu said the kidnappers Kehinde Adeoye, Yuguda Jayum, Bature Dogo, Kazeem Sule and Maanu Garuba, as well as child abductor Oluwatoyin Lasisi, were arrested upon the information.
According to him, on September 17, 2019, one Alhaji Abdul Saliu, the seriki Fulani of Oyo State resident in Igangan reported at Ayete Divisional Police headquarters that a Fulani called Weti reported to him that unknown gunman kidnapped his son, Sikiru Weti 17, to an unknown destination after which the abductors demanded for a ransom of N1million.
He said, “Consequently in the process, Yuguda Jayum was arrested with the ransom intact while his accomplice escaped.
“The detectives upon investigation extended to their hideout at Igangan rescued the victim, Shakiru Weti unhurt while Kehinde Adeoye a member of the syndicate who was guarding to prevent his escape was arrested. Weti was tied and blindfolded.”
Also on the child abductor, CP Olukolu said Oluwatoyin Lasisi, 39 was arrested for abducting a girl child, Nimotallah Sulaimon age 3 at a Muslim Community area in Ibadan.
According to him, the child abductor who was intercepted after being sighted by suspected members of the community challenged her and reported the case to the police for investigation.
“When questioned how she came about the girl, Oluwatoyin said she sighted the girl who was strolling away and picked her up where she had gone to beg for alms.
“I later took her to Muslim area where I reside with the aim of taking her to the nearest police station.”
Consequently, the community members who did not believe her story reported to the Divisional police Headquarter, Ogbere and after the preliminary investigation, it was discovered that the girl was abducted.
The parents of the girl child, Sulaimon and Nafiat Dawud said their child went outside the compound to defecate when the abductor took her away adding that the development had thrown their community in confusion.
They described the quick intervention of the police as very encouraging, just as they thanked CP Olukolu for rescuing their child
Meanwhile, the Criminal Investigation Department, Iyaganku Ibadan us handling the case with a view of allowing the law to take its course.