The Ogun State Police Command has disclosed that it has arrested four members of a “notorious kidnap gang” terrorising Abeokuta and neighbouring communities.
The command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, told newsmen on Wednesday that the suspects: Ismaila Ibrahim (21), Musa Muhammed (26), Irekura Abu (43) and Okanlawon Muhammed (26), were arrested following series of kidnap cases at the Soyooye and Ibara Orile areas of Abeokuta.
Oyeyemi said following a directive from the Commissioner of Police (CP), Lanre Bankole, detectives moved to the areas and one of the suspects, Irukura Abu, who was later discovered to be the supplier of arms to the hoodlums.
Oyeyemi said Abu’s arrest led to the arrest of Musa Muhammed while he was coming out from their hideout to buy food for their victims.
He further said the duo confessed “to be members of a kidnap gang who are responsible for the abduction of one Bishop Oladimeji Joshua of Prayer City, Keesan Abeokuta, on September 22, 2022.
“They also informed the police that they were responsible for the kidnapping of one Kafayat Jelili of Ogo Titun area of Ibara Orile on September 27, 2022.”
He explained that their confessions led to the arrest of the remaining two, Ismaila Ibrahim and Okanlawon Muhammed, adding that two double-barrel guns and one single-barrel gun were recovered from them.