By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested two members of a kidnapping syndicate terrorizing Ijebu-Ode and its environs.
This was contained in a statement signed by Abimbola Oyeyemi, Police Public Relation Officer, Ogun State Police Command, Abeokuta,
Oyeyemi said: “The suspects, Samuel Oke Abiodun, 46 years and Denis Blessing 28 years were arrested following series of Kidnap cases in Ijebu-Ode, consequent upon which the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, gave a marching order to all the DPOs in Ijebu-Ode to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act within the shortest possible time.
“In compliance with the CP’s directive, the DPO Igbeba division Musiliu Doga and his crack detectives embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation which subsequently led to the arrest of Denis Blessing on the 8th of December 2021 in his house at Ijebu-Ode.
“His arrest and confession led to the apprehension of Samuel Oke Abiodun in his hideout also at Ijebu-ode.
“On interrogation, the two suspects confessed to having participated in four different kidnap operations in Ijebu-Ode.
“They confessed to being part of a syndicate that kidnapped one Alhaja Salam Mojisola on the 6th of December 2021, at the entrance of her house situated at Akinsanya Street, Mobalufon, Ijebu-Ode.
“They also confessed to the kidnapping of one Mrs Olaitan Daodu on the 26th of January 2021.
“Also, one Mrs Abimbola Bolanle Lateefat, the Deputy Director I.C.T Department at Tai Solarin University of Education was also kidnapped by the gang on the 20th of May 2021. They also participated in kidnapping one Mrs Adegoke along Atan-Ijebu road.
“According to the duo, their own assignment is to scout around, identify and monitor their would-be victim from their business places to their houses, and inform other members of the gang who will then block the victim mostly at the entrance of their houses and abduct such person.
“The Toyota Camry with registration number GGE 200 FN which is their operational vehicle has also been recovered.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole who commended the resilience of his men in smashing the syndicate has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the anti-kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.
“The CP also directed a massive manhunt for the remaining members of the syndicate with the view to bring them to justice.
“He also assured the good people of Ogun State of police readiness to fish out any criminal hibernating within the State.”