Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command say they have apprehended four members of a kidnap syndicate over alleged abduction of a 13-year-old girl.
The incident, according to the police authorities happened at Onipanu area in Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi gave the names of the suspects as John Nelson (21), Adeleke Ayotunde (29), Adekunle Basit (20) and Abbey Fagbemi (20).
He said the suspects were arrested, following a complaint lodged at Onipanu Divisional headquarters of the command by one Adejuwon Odunowo.
He explained that the complainant told the police that his 13-year- old daughter Susan Odunowo, was sent on an errand by her mother at about 6.30pm on 6th of May 2021, but didn’t return home.
Oyeyemi added that Adejuwon stated further that, he later received an anonymous phone call, demanding for the sum of N500,000 as ransom, “if he ever wants to see his daughter again.”
Acting on the report, he said the Divisional Police Officer, Onipanu, CSP Bamidele Job, detailed crack detectives,to embarked on intelligence and technical-based investigation, in order to unravel those behind the devilish act.
Oyeyemi said luck ran against the suspects on the 8th of May 2021, when the detectives successfully traced one of them to Cele area of Ota, where he was arrested.
He added that his arrest, led to the apprehension of two other members of the gang at a factory in Ota, stating that investigation later revealed the victim was kept in a room owned by one of the suspects (Adekunle Basit).
He said detectives swiftly moved in there, and rescued the victim unhurt.
Oyeyemi said the leader of the gang, Abbey Fagbemi, who took to flight immediately he heard of the arrest of his fellow gang members, was later arrested at about 7.30 am on Monday 10th of May 2021.
He said the victim has since been reunited with her family.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, who expressed satisfaction about the quick response of his men to the incident, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to Anti-kidnapping section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, for discreet investigation and prosecution.
He also appealed to members of the public, to adhere strictly to various security advice given by the command, in order not to fall victim of kidnap syndicate.