*recovers double barrel, cut to size guns
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mrs Ngozi Vivian Onadeko on Wednesday said the state police command has arrested 48 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers and arsonists.
CP Vivian Onadeko stated this while briefing newsmen during the parade of the arrested suspects held at the state Police command headquarters in Eleyele area of Ibadan
According to the Commissioner of Police, the 48 suspects were arrested following concerted effort of the command, adding that 8 of the suspects were arrested in connection with the kidnap of a local government Chairman and a farmer in the state.
CP Vivian Onadeko stated that five of suspects were arrested in connection with the kidnap of a local government Chairman along Iganna-Ado Awaye road in Ibarapa area of the state while three other suspects were nabbed in connection with the kidnap of a farmer who was later found dead after spending some days with the kidnappers.
“On credible intelligence, the command through operatives of the CP monitoring team intercepted and arrested some members of a dreaded kidnapping syndicate armed with Ak-47 rifles who confessed to the kidnapping of the Chairman of Igangan LCDA, Hon. Adeleke Jacob Olayiwola along Iganna-Ado Awaye Road, subsequently dispossessed him of all his personal effects and a ranson of a sum of five million, five hundred thousand naira (5,500,000.00)” she said.
CP Vivian Onadeko added, “the victim vividly identified the suspects who had confessed to the crime.”
The Commission of Police identified the suspects in the kidnap of the Igangan LCDA Caretaker Chairman as “Babuga Mohammadu, Rabiu Muhamadu, Usman Mohammed, Aliyu Mohammed” and that exhibits recovered from them are “one double barrel gun, one cut to size gun and four live cartridges.”
CP Vivian Onadeko stated further that “the command monitoring team through the optimum utilization of the State intelligence assets apprehended a notorious kidnaping syndicate team with sophisticated weapons who invaded the farm of one Oluwole Agboola at Adegbede village via Aba Odo area, Akinyele local government area of Oyo state”.
The Police command maintained that “the armed kidnappers attacked the victim and later whisked him away to an unknown location where they subsequently contacted his relatives and collected a ranson of one million, six hundred and fifty thousand naira (1,650,000.00) yet still brutally murdered and abandoned him in the bush where he had been held hostage for several days”.
Commissioner of Police Vivian Onadeko said, “discret investigation carried out by crack police detectives led to the arrest of three members of the kidnapping syndicate” namely Dahiru Usman, Muhammadu Ahmadu, Ibrahim Mamuda and that the suspects have confessed to the crime,