By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Six serial suspected deadly kidnappers, said to be responsible for the series of kidnappings and killing of innocent citizens in parts of the South West zone of the country have been nabbed by police operatives attached to the Zone 2 Police Command headquarters,Onikan Lagos.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police of the Zone AIG Iliyasu Ahmed made the disclosure on Wednesday in Lagos, while parading the suspects.
He identified them as Adamu Saliu, 25, Ibrahim Mohammed, 33, Abubakar Sadiq, 24, Tambaye Mohammed,25, Akanni Musa, 38 and Adamu Sulaiman.
The AIG disclosed that five AK 47 rifles were recovered from the suspects, who were arrested in a thick forest in Oyo State by operatives attached to the Monitoring Tactical Unit of the Zone.
According to the Ahmed, the suspects had recently kidnapped a serving woman police inspector and an operative of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) in Ogun State and collected ransom before setting them free.
On how the suspects kidnapped the victims, Ahmed said ” It was discovered that these criminals from the pit of hell mounted a road block on Ayetoro- Abeokuta Road in Yewa area of Ogun State during which inspector ran ran into them on 4th May, 2020 at about 5.52pm around Ayetoro.
While they were manhandling her, the driver of a car coming behind attempted to escape their onslaught but had to pay with his dear life. These heartless animals in human skin targeted the driver and opened fire on him. Sadly, their bullet hit him and he died. Thereafter, the other female occupant of the vehicle was kidnapped along side the woman inspector, taken to the forest for three days before releasing them after payment of ransom by their relatives” , the AIG disclosed.
In the case of the NSCDC official identified simply as Are, the AIG said he (Are) was set up by one of the boys employed to graze his cows, on his way to his farm at Eggua in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
” He was held in captivity for three days in the forest before he regained his freedom on the payment of N3 million ransom.
Similarly, one Alhaji Oro, a big time cattle rearer, who had his farm in Eggua was kidnapped on his way to the farm, held for four days. Despite payment of the demanded N4 million ransom, these boys shot and killed him.
These groups traced another target, identified as Umaru at Awaiye I’m Oyo State, trekked from Ogun State and were on the road for two weeks. They ambushed him on his way to the farm and successful seized him. He was in their captivity for two days and were able to meet the kidnappers demand of N1m for his release”, he added.
In another development, Adamu said the syndicates targeted one Alhaji Adegoke near Iseyin in Oyo State, during which they Madea demand of N25 million ransom from his relatives.
According to him, ” while that was on, one of them with AK 47 rifle was on his guard whiile others went out for yet another operation. It was at this point that fate played in the victim’s favour. The man on guard slept off and Alhaji Adegoke escaped. He cleverly hid himself in the forest to the extent, that on realising his escape, the raging kidnappers, in their large number, scattered into the forest, shooting sporadically with intention to have him killed. But, today, the man is hale and hearty while six of the evil perpetrators are here with us”.