On Sunday, April 24th, nine members of a notorious kidnapping syndicate terrorizing Abeokuta’s Ayetoro road were apprehended in their hideout at Abule oba, off Ayetoro road, Abeokuta, by men of the Ogun State Police Command, in collaboration with local hunters, so safe corps, OPC, vigilante, and men of Amotekun corps.
The suspects, identified as Hammed Taiwo, Kehinde Jimoh, Umar Sanda, Sanda Aliu, Ali Morandu, Usman Abubakar, Usman Mohammed, Umaru Ahmadu, and Umaru Momodu, were apprehended after police officers at the Sabo/Ilupeju divisional headquarters received credible intelligence that Hammed Taiwo and Kehinde Jimoh, who are errand okada riders for the kidnap syndicate.
Following the information, SP Mustapha Opawoye of the DPO Sabo/Ilupeju division mobilized his men and moved to the area, where the duo of Hammed Taiwo and Kehinde Jimoh were caught.
They admitted to being members of the syndicate under interrogation, but their function is to do errands and keep an eye on the environment to keep law enforcement agents from catching them off guard.
Their confession led to the group’s refuge in Abule Oba, off Ayetoro road, where they always convened after collecting ransom from their victims.
Following the discovery of the hideout, the DPO rallied his men, including the So Safe Corps, OPC men, local hunters, and Amotekun corps men, and assaulted the location, arresting all nine members of the syndicate.
Confirming their arrest, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, spokesperson of the state police command, said preliminary investigation revealed that, the suspects are the group terrorizing Abeokuta/Ayetoro road in recent time. Some of their victims have been able to identified them as their abductors.
Meanwhile, the state commissioner of police, CP Lanre Bankole, has expressed satisfaction about the intelligence-based investigation carried out by his men which led to the arrest of the hoodlums and has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to anti-kidnapping section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation.