Police arrests 2 suspected kidnappers of Ondo monarch

Men of the Ondo State Police Command on Thursday arrested two suspects who were allegedly involved in the abduction of the traditional ruler of Iyasan community, in Irele Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Abiodun Oyewumi.

Oba Oyewumi was kidnapped in his palace at Iyasan in Irele by some hoodlums who came through the waterways and abducted the monarch before regaining his freedom some seven days after his abduction.

The Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Femi Joseph, said the suspects were arrested at Gbelegun community in Edo State, on Wednesday, through activities of the intelligence officers of the command.

The PPRO listed the names of the suspects to include Ewerikuno Meretighan and Dede Ebelo.

He said, “The suspects were arrested last night (Wednesday night) at Gbelegun town in Edo State through intelligence by our anti-kidnap team led by Superintendent Adekunle Onabanjo.”

Joseph said the suspects had confessed to the crime, adding that the men of the command were already on the trail of the fleeing members of the gang.

“Our men are on the trail of the fleeing hoodlums and very soon we will catch them and show them to the world but the suspects are in our custody helping us in our further investigation,” he added.

The PPRO appealed to the people of the state to always assist the police command in giving out information that could lead to the arrest of hoodlums in their environment.