Operatives of Ogun State Police Command say they have arrested three members of a kidnap syndicate, who have been terrorising motorists and commuters along Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.
The suspects are Nathaniel Jacob (24) from Nasarawa State, Isah Danladi (22) from Kogi State and Abubakar Rabiu (23) from Niger State.
According to police report, they were arrested on the 8th of April 2021 at Fidiwo area along Lagos/ Ibadan Expressway way, following a tipoff from some hunters, who sighted the suspects in the bush where they were planning on how to strike unsuspecting motorists and commuters along the expressway.
The state Police Public Relations Officer,Abimbola Oyeyemi added that the hunters quickly alerted the police, who rallied other stakeholders such as So Safe corps, hunters group and stormed the Fidiwo Alapako bush.
He said when the suspected hoodlums sighted the police and other members of the team, they took to their heels in the bush, but luck ran out of the three and they were subsequently apprehended, while three others escaped with their arms.
The state police spokesman said during interrogation, the suspects confessed to have been in the bush for the past 10 days, waiting for a convenient opportunity to strike.
Oyeyemi explained that the suspects said it took them that long because of heavy presence of policemen on the strech of the expressway.
He added, “They stated further that, they are six in number that makes up the gang and that the those three who escaped are in possession of their arms.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the gang was responsible for the series of kidnapping along the expressway.”
Items recovered from them, according to Oyeyemi are cutlasses which they claimed were seized from farmers they saw in their farms.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to Anti-kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Abeokuta for discreet investigation.
The CP also assured members of the public that all the kidnap cases in the state “will not go unresolved, as the command is working assiduously to bring the perpetrators to book.”