Police arrest two suspected kidnappers, impound operational vehicle


Operatives of Ogun State police Command say they have arrested two members of a kidnap syndicate terrorising Ijebu-Ode and its environs.

The suspects, according to the crime report from the command, are Samuel Oke Abiodun (46) and Denis Blessing (28).

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the suspects were arrested in different locations in Ijebu Ode, after intelligence and technical-based investigations.

He said they were linked to series of kidnap cases in Ijebu-Ode, consequent upon which the state Commissioner of Police,Lanre Bankole, gave a marching order to all the Divisional Police Officers in Ijebu-Ode to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act within the shortest possible time.

Oyeyemi said in compliance with the CP’s directive, the DPO Igbeba division, CSP Musiliu Doga and his crack detectives “embarked on a technical and intelligence- based investigation which subsequently led to the arrest of Denis Blessing on the 8th of December 2021 in his house at Ijebu-Ode.”

He added that Blessing’s arrest and confession led to the apprehension of Samuel Oke Abiodun in his hideout also at Ijebu-ode.

Oyeyemi said further, “During interrogation, the two suspects confessed to having participated in four different kidnap operations in Ijebu-Ode.

“They confessed to being part of a syndicate that kidnapped one Alhaja Salam Mojisola on the 6th of December 2021 at the entrance of her house situated at Akinsanya Street Mobalufon Ijebu-Ode.

“They also confessed to the kidnapping of one Mrs Olaitan Daodu on the 26th of January 2021.

“Also, one Mrs Abimbola Bolanle Lateefat, the Deputy Director I.C.T department at Tai Solarin University of Education was also kidnapped by the gang on the 20th of May 2021.

“They also participated in kidnapping one Mrs Adegoke along Atan-Ijebu road.

“According to the duo, their own assignment is to scout around, identify and monitor their would-be victim from their business places to their houses, and inform other members of the gang who will then block the victim mostly at the entrance of their houses and abduct such person.”

Oyeyemi said the Toyota Camry with number plate GGE 200 FN which is their operational vehicle has also been recovered.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole who commended the resilience of his men in smashing the syndicate has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Human Trafficking unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Abeokuta for discreet investigation.

The CP also directed a massive manhunt for remaining members of the syndicate with the view to bringing them to justice.

He also assured the good people of Ogun State of police readiness to fish out any criminal hibernating within the state.






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