By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Police Command has arrested eight members of a high-profile, serial kidnapping syndicate at Omo Ijesa village area of the State.
The suspects were said to have been arrested on 7th May, 2021 following a reported case of the kidnap of a 65-year-old, Mrs. Akiishi Catherine in Benue State.
The suspects are, Orikashima David (AKA Cash money) ‘m’ aged 22years, Teryange Demenogo (AKA Small) ‘m’ aged 22years, Terngu Tortindi (AKA Kareen) ‘m’ aged 25years, Anawuese Akough ‘f’ aged 19years, Mbalumulum Kaorga ‘f’ aged 18years, Comfort Terdoo ‘f’ aged 22years, Michael Msendoo ‘f’ aged 19years, Aondoaseer Terver ‘m’ 21years, all Tivs from Benue State.
A statement issued on Saturday by the command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola said that the team of intelligence was led by the Commissioner of Police, Osun State Command, Olawale Olokode.
“Prior to the arrest, Police investigations revealed that the suspects relocated to Osun State after the kidnap of the woman as a deceptive tactic to avoid arrest by the Police in Benue State.
“The suspects have also planned to use Osun State as a safe haven for the negotiation and collection of ransom even after murdering the woman in cold blood.
“Police investigations revealed that the suspects have murdered the kidnap victim, Mrs. Akiishi Catherine, in Benue State before relocating to Osun State.
“The suspects also revealed to the Police team how they have murdered three other victims in their previous operations.
“The suspects would be handed over to the Benue State Police Command as soon as preliminary investigations are concluded,” the statement reads.
The CP, while commending his men for a job well done, reassured citizens that there will be no hiding place for criminals in the State.
He stated that the new policing vision of the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, is already assisting the command in redefining its strategies toward combating crimes in the State.
Olokode then called for the support and collaboration of all the citizens in the State as all hands must be on deck to rid the State of all criminal elements threatening the socio-economic peace, security and safety of the people.