Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command say they have arrested three members of a kidnap syndicate.
Crime report from the command indicated that they were arrested on Tuesday 9th of November 2021.
The command said it carried out the operation in conjunction with with the men of 35 Artillery Brigade Alamala and men of So Safe Corps.
The suspects are Abubakar Sodiq (26), Ibrahim Kuaki (24) and Muhammadu Dio (22) .
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the suspects were arrested following a report lodged at Ilupeju Divisional headquarters of the command that two men, who had gone to work at Abule Oba, Alamala along Ayetoro road were kidnapped by some gunmen.
Acting on the report, he added that the Divisional Police Officer, Sabo Ilupeju mobilised his men in collaboration with men of Nigeria Army and So Safe Corps and they jointly embarked on aggressive bush combing in search of the victims and the suspects.
He explained that while the exercise was going on, the operatives received information that the suspects had contacted the families of the victims and asked them to bring ransom somewhere in the area.
Oyeyemi said further, “Having received the information, the operatives swiftly moved to the area and laid ambush for the hoodlums.
“Not quite long, the hoodlums appeared to collect the ransom and the operatives engaged them in gun duel.
“Having realised that they were about to be overpowered, they took to their heels but were hotly chased and three among them were apprehended.”
He said other members of the gang escaped with gunshot injuries which made them to eventually abandoned their victims, who were rescued unhurt and had reunited with their families.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, who expressed satisfaction with the performance of the officers, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to Anti-kidnapping unit of State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Abeokuta for discreet investigation.
He also directed that the fleeing members of the gang be hunted for and brought to justice.
The CP appealed to members of the public, especially hospitals to inform the police if anybody with gunshot injuries is seen in their area.