Police arrest wanted kidnapper at Festac

• Kidnappers abduct farm owner in Epe

One of the leaders of the gunmen, who have been kidnapping residents of Iseri Oshun and Festac town area of Lagos State has been arrested by the police

The suspect, King Solomon and two members of his gang were arrested by the operatives of the Festac town divisional police station

A police source, who is attached to the Festac police station told the Metro that the suspect had been on the wanted list of the police for a long time.

It was gathered that preliminary investigations showed that the arrested gang members kidnapped a customs officer in front of an eatery at Festac.

It was gathered that the divisional police officer in charge of Festac, Olukole Oladehinde had led a team of undercover policemen to where Solomon and his gang members were arrested.

It was further gathered that Solomon had on realising that the detectives were policemen attempted to stab the DPO with a knife but he was overpowered.

The two members of his gang also tried to prevent him from being arrested but the three of them were arrested by the police.

The state police commissioner, Fatai Owoseni confirmed the arrest of the notorious kidnappers to newsmen, and added that they had been transferred to the Criminal Investigations Department of the state police command, Panti.

The police boss said, “Police undercover agents have been seriously working on information of this suspect. One of the rescued victims was traced to his house which served as haven for criminal activities and den where kidnapped victims around Festac town are kept.”

In another incident a farm owner was also on Thursday abducted by suspected kidnappers in Igbodu area of Epe in Lagos state.

One of the kidnappers was however killed by soldiers, who were on guard at the farm settlement.

The unnamed farm owner was said to have been abducted around 3 o’ clock in the afternoon at Pipeline area.

“Immediately after the man was abducted, some of the farm workers were said to have rushed to the soldiers who were providing security for the farmers. The soldiers went after the kidnappers, and one of them was shot by the soldiers.”

Our correspondent gathered that the kidnappers later escaped with their injured colleague and the farmers were warned by the soldiers to always put on their identity cards for identification.