Ogun police nab fleeing Oyo kidnap kingpin


The men of the Ogun State Police Command say they have arrested a fleeing notorious kidnap kingpin who escaped from Oyo State after his gang had killed one of their victims.

The police gave the name of the suspect as Usman Hassan.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi said Usman’s accomplices had earlier been arrested in Oyo State after they kidnapped a farm owner at Solalu village and subsequently killed him after collecting ransom.

The kidnap kingpin thus fled to Ogun State to hibernate.

Oyeyemi added that when the suspect got Imala in Ogun State, “he started recruiting other Fulani men to form another kidnap gang in the state.”

He explained that luck, however, ran against him “when detectives of the Ogun State police Command got information about his activity from those Fulanis he had tried to recruit into his kidnap team.”

Oyeyemi said they stormed his hideout in Imala and he was promptly arrested.

He said during interrogation, the suspect confessed that he conspired with his biological brother one Tahiru Usman and others to kidnap their victim in Akinyele area of Ibadan and that they decided to kill the man after collecting ransom because the man could identify them.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has directed that the suspect be transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for onward transfer to Oyo State Command where he will be prosecuted.


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