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Police arrest four suspected kidnappers in Ogun

The suspects are Ismaila Ibrahim, 21, Musa Muhammed, 26, Irekura Abu, 43, and Okanlawon Muhammed, 26.

• November 23, 2022
Ogun CP Lanre Bankole
Ogun Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole

The Police Command in Ogun has arrested four suspected members of a notorious kidnap gang allegedly terrorising Abeokuta and its environs.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, the command’s spokesperson, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abeokuta, the state capital.

According to Mr Oyeyemi, the suspects, Ismaila Ibrahim, 21, Musa Muhammed, 26, Irekura Abu,43, and Okanlawon Muhammed, 26, were arrested following a series of kidnap cases in the Soyoye and Ibara Orile areas of Abeokuta.

The spokesman stated that Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, directed the command’s anti-kidnapping team to move into the area and fish out the perpetrators.

“In compliance with the commissioner’s directive, the Superintendent of Police, Taiwo Opadiran-led team embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation.

“This led them to one of the suspects Abu, who was later discovered to be the supplier of guns to the hoodlums.

“The arrest of one of the suspects led to the arrest of Muhammed while he was coming out from their hideout to buy food for their victims and gang members.

“The suspects confessed to being members of a kidnap gang responsible for the abduction of one Bishop Oladimeji Joshua of prayer city, Keesan, Abeokuta, on September 22.

“They also informed the police that they were responsible for the kidnap of one Kafayat Jelili of the Ogo Titun area of Ibara Orile on September 27,” he said.

Mr Oyeyemi added that their alleged confession led to the arrest of the remaining two suspects, Ibrahim and Okanlawon Muhammed.

He identified items recovered from them as two double barrel guns and a single barrel long gun.

The spokesman stated that the commissioner of police had ordered that the suspects be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.


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