Police in Ogun State have arrested two members of a kidnap syndicate said to be terrorising Ijebu-Ode and its environs.
They were said to be connected with various kidnap cases that had occured in the town in recent times.
In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspects, Samuel Oke Abiodun and Denis Blessing were arrested based on intelligence and technical investigation.
Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the duo were the mastermind behind the kidnap of Alhaja Salam Mojisola on December 6, 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 the 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.
The PPRO said the suspects upon interrogation told the Police that their assignment is to scout around, identify and monitor the movement of 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.
He added that Toyota Camry with registration number GGE 200 FN which is their operational vehicle had been recovered.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole who commended the resilience of his men in smashing the syndicate 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 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.
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Police arrest two members of kidnap syndicate terrorising Ijebu-Ode