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The men of Ogun state Police Command on Monday said it has arrested one suspected kidnapper of a soldier who was parading himself as army officer to intimidate security operatives in Odo Palo Ota area of Ogun state.
The suspect identified as Waliu Oloyede was arrested after a distress call received by the DPO of Sango Ota Divisional Headquarters, CSP Godwin Idehai, that local vigilantes were having issues with an army officer in the area.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi in a statement said the suspect and his colleagues, who were at large, reportedly kidnapped a W/O 2 military officer at about 11:30 pm on Friday and took him to their hideout in Alagbado, Lagos State, where they stripped him of his uniform, his identity card and his three Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards and his phone.
Oyeyemi said the DPO upon the report was said to have led his team to the scene where the suspect, who dressed in full military camouflage uniform with the rank of W02 was seen.
The PPRO added, “the suspect Waliu Oloyede was arrested following a distress call received by the DPO Sango ota divisional headquarters, CSP Godwin Idehai that Vigilante men are having issues with an army officer at odo pako area of ota, upon the report, the DPO led his team to the scene where the suspect, who dressed in full military camouflage uniform with the rank of W02 but could not give satisfactory account of himself was apprehended and brought to the station.
“The suspect, who was said to have attempted to snatch a dane gun from a Vigilante man, on interrogation was unable to give account of how he got the military uniform, or address of the unit where he is serving, hence he was detained for impersonation.
“While in detention, police got an information that the suspect and others at large abducted W/o2 military officer at about 11:30 pm of 16th July 2021and took him to their hideout in Alagbado Lagos State where he was stripped off his uniform, collected his identity card,his three ATM cards and phone before the victim escaped from them.
It was their victim uniform the suspect put on to commit another crime before he was arrested. ”
Oyeyemi however said the commissioner of police, Edward Ajogun has ordered the transfer of the suspect to anti kidnapping unit of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation.
He further said,” the CP also ordered a massive manhunt his other accomplice with the view to bring them to justice.”