By; BILIQIS OLAJUMOKE ONAOLAPO, Ilorin
The Kwara State Police Command has paraded eight suspected kidnappers with three local guns and cartridges, who have confessed to be kidnappers and cattle rustlers.
The suspects are Bala Idris, Hassan Idris and Baso Idris were arrested in the bush along Balogun area, Bode Sadu in preparation to strike.
The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Paul Odama addressing newsmen on Monday in Ilorin, said the suspects have confessed to be responsible for the series of kidnapping cases in Malete and Shao area of Kwara State.
The CP said two other suspected kidnappers by name Yau Alhaji anta and Idris Alhaji Auta were arrested and suspects confessed to be responsible for the kidnap of the two kidnapped victims in Oluwalose community, oko-olowo, one Alhaji Tunde Buhari and one Muhammed Mecho.
He said they made the confession when brought together, the Victim identified one of the suspects as one of his abductors.
The police boss said the suspects would soon be charged to court after investigation.
“On the 22/1/2023 at about 0900HRS an intelligence available to the Divisional Police Officer, Bode Sadu to the effect that suspected kidnappers were in the bush along Balogun area, Bode Sadu in preparation to strike. The DPO Mobilized Vigilantees, hunters and police men, stormed the bush and they engaged the kidnappers, during exchange of gun-fire, three of the kidnappers were neutralized while two suspects Lagi Bala “M” and Iliasu Idris “M” were arrested with 3 locally made guns.
The arrested suspects confessed to be kidnappers and cattle rustlers. They also confessed to be responsible for the series of kidnapping cases in Malete and Shao area of Kwara State. The names of the neutralized members of the gang are Bala Idris, Hassan Idris and Baso Idris.
Investigation is ongoing to arrest the remaining members of the kidnapping gang, while the two arrested suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.
“Similarly, on 21/1/2023 at about 1400HRS, the divisional police officer of Eiyenkorin Division, with vigilante and local hunters in carrying out the directive of the commissioner of police regarding a zero tolerance for kidnapping, they stormed the Eyenkorin thick forest to search the hide-outs of kidnappers. In the shooting encounter with the suspected kidnappers sighted in the bush, some suspects escaped with bullets injuries, while some were arrested.
At about 1600HRS of 21/01/2023, an information was received that one suspected Fulani man was seen with bullet wounds inside the bush within Eyenkorin, policeman traced and arrested the suspect, during interrogation the suspect confessed to be a member of a kidnapping syndicates that specializes in kidnapping people around Eyenkorin Oko-Olowo axis. He mentioned one Alhaji Anta now at large as the leader of the gang, other suspects arrested includes Buga Ali, Suleiman ISSAH ‘M’ AGE 20YRS, AMINU BELLO , SULEMAN BILIYAH, AGE:21YRS YAHAHA ADAM ‘M’ AGE: 20YRS they will all be charged to court as soon as investigation is over.
In another successful operation based on an actionable intelligence that some suspected kidnappers who were believed to be responsible for kidnapping around the axis were sighted”
The police quickly mobilize vigilante and local hunters and headed to the area. Two of the kidnappers by name (1)Yau Alhaji anta (2) Idris Alhaji Auta were arrested. The suspects confessed to be responsible for the kidnap of the two kidnapped victims in Oluwalose community, oko-olowo, one Alhaji Tunde Buhari and one Muhammed Mecho. When brought together, the Victim identified one of the suspects as one of his abductors.
The suspects would soon be charged to court after investigation”.
The CP added that one Yusuf Arowolo stole a motorcycle belonging to one Babatunde Waheed which he parked at Kulende Market in Ilorin.
“On 22/01/2023 at about 0800HRS, one Babatunde Waheed “M”, parked his BAJAJ motorcycle with REG. No. SMK 473 QJ Valued at N500,000 at Kulende market zango area Ilorin. On his way back he discovered that his motorcycle has been stolen from park. Concerted efforts by the police led to the arrest and recovery of the stolen motorcycle. Suspect would soon be charged to court”.
Also one Issah Shuaib was paraded for stealing another motorcycle belonging to one Emmanuel Joshua after breaking into the Joshua’s apartment through the toilet window.
“In another case of theft, on 20/01/2023, one Emmanual Joshua “M” of Ajelanwa phase one Zango Ilorin parked his TVS Motorcycle with Reg. NO. AFN 752 VD valued sum of N700,000.00 in is house at aforementioned address, one Issah Shuaib ‘M’ at about 0400HRS of 21/01/2023 destroyed the toilet window of the complainant house and carted away the said motorcycle. The said motorcycle was tracked and traced to the suspect possession at Oke-Ose by the policemen where he has dismantled the stolen motorcycle.
Suspect was arrested and would soon be charged to court” he explained.
Odama warned would-be criminal of whatever nomenclature that the command is all out to see that they are rounded up and sent to where they belong, adding that Kwara State is a state of harmony, and the command would do everything to maintain and sustain the name.