The operatives of Ogun State Police command have arrested two members of a kidnap syndicate who kidnapped one Mariam Fagbohun and subsequently murdered her mother, Annah Fagbohun in the process.
The state Police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said Mariam who ran a provision store and a beer parlour in Ijoun, Yewa North Local Government Area of the state was abducted by a six-man kidnapping gang on the 21st of August 2020 when she closed from her shop and on her way home.
He said in the process of abducting her, Mariam raised the alarm which attracted people around including her mother, Annah Fagbohun.
Oyeyemi added, “While the people around were trying to chase the abductors with the aim of rescuing her, the kidnappers shot into their midst and the bullet hit the victim’s mother and she died on the spot.”
He, however explained that acting on a distress call, the Divisional Police Officer, Egua Division, Kalejaiye Olarenwaju led his men to the scene and with the collaboration of members of the community, they were able to rescue Mariam and apprehended one member of the gang,Jimoh Fayemi, a native of Omu-Odo in Ekiti State.
After Fayemi’s arrest, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, directed that the suspect be transferred to the Anti-kidnapping section and ordered that the fleeing members of the gang must be hunted for and brought to book.
The Anti-Kidnapping team embarked on a technical and intelligence- based investigation which led to the arrest of one of the fleeing members of the gang in Ekiti, James Arowolo, a native of Obo-Ayegunle in Kwara State.
Oyeyemi said the suspects had confessed to having been contracted by one man simply known as “Ade” and his friend known as ‘Doctor’ who live in the same neighbourhood with the victim to come and swindle her of a huge sum of money.
But, he added that since Mariam did not fall into their trap, they decided to kidnap her and demand for ransom.
Items recovered the suspects, according to Oyeyemi, are three single- barrel guns, 12 live cartridges and face mask.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police has ordered a massive manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang and the arrested ones to be arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction.