By Our Correspondent
Five members of a kidnap syndicate, terrorizing Obada-Oko and its environs have been arrested by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command.
Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi in a statement on Wednesday said the suspects, Aliu Manya, Usman Abubakar, Abayomi Olayiwola, Nasiru Muhammad and Bello Usman were arrested, following information received by policemen attached to Obada-Oko Divisional Deadquarters that the men were sighted on two motorcycles inside forest at Eleja area of Obada Oko at about 8pm.
Upon the information, the DPO Obada-Oko Division, Tijani Muhammed, quickly mobilized his men and in conjunction with other stakeholders like So Safe Corps, hunters and local vigilante, stormed the forest where the five suspects were apprehended.
Recovered from them are illicit drugs such as packs of tramadol, weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, three cutlasses, Eskay and two motorcycles with registration number MEK 504 VC and ODE 423 VC as well as N70,000 cash.
While the investigation was going on, a kidnap victim who was earlier kidnapped and released came forward to identify the suspects as those that kidnapped him.
His brother, who took ransom money to them also identified two amongst the suspects as those who collected the money from him for the release of his brother.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to anti-kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.
He also directed that other members of the gang should be hunted down and brought to justice.
He, therefore, appealed to members of the public to assist the police by giving them useful information that will assist in tracking down the criminals within their areas.