Two polytechnic graduates, 25-year-old Ifeanyi Chukwuleta and 26-year-old Kolawole Alani, have been arrested for the kidnap of Kudirat Adeboye, a Lagos businesswoman .
The students, who were arrested alongside a third suspect, Rasheed Adetunji, were arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for kidnapping Adeboye in April.
According to the police, Niyi Omosola, the leader of the gang was shot dead by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad while he was trying to pick up the N3m ransom brought by the victim’s brother at Epe.
Subsequently, the three suspects were arrested by the police, recovering one double-barreled pistol, two expended and six live cartridges from them.
Chukwuleta, who studied Mass Communication said,
I was lured into the gang by the deceased gang leader. I finished from a private polytechnic in Lagos. I read Mass Communication. I met Niyi (Omosola) at a viewing center where I told him I had some financial difficulty and he said he would help me.
My role is to watch over the victims in the bush. He first took me to a herbalist for an oath.
I have gone with the gang on two operations
In the first operation, they gave me N115,000 and I used it to start a business, and N80,000 from the second.
Alani, also told Punch that he studied at a polytechnic in Ogun state and recruited by the same Omosola.
“I studied Business Administration in the polytechnic. I was in my final year when I met Niyi (Omosola),” he said.
He came to me and said he had a job for me. When I visited him in Ikorodu, I met a herbalist from Ijebu Ode. He claimed to have participated in two operations, earning N215,000 in total.
In the first operation, we abducted a man in the Ajah area and I was given N100,000, Chukwuleta.The second was in Ijebu Igbo in Ogun State and I got N115,000.
“My role is to stay in the bush and look after the abducted people.”
Their victim recounting her experience, said she was held for five days.
“They cut a small piece of cloth and covered my eyes and mouth so i wouldn’t be able to shout or see what they doing.
When they drove to a bush, they collected my phones and bag, and demanded N250m. I told them I could not get such a huge amount, and we negotiated till at about 2.30pm.
They finally agreed to N3m. During the five days I spent with them, they were changing locations inside the bush.
Kayode Aderanti, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, said smashing the gang will reduce the incidence of kidnapping in the area.
He urged members of the Public to always support the police with information.