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Operatives of Ogun state police command and men of 35 Artillery Brigade Alamala as well as men of So-Safe Corps have arrested three suspected members of kidnap syndicate .
The suspects, Abubakar Sodiq, 26, Ibrahim Kuaki, 24, and Muhammadu Dio, 22 , were arrested at the point of collecting a ransom on their victims .
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state , DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this on Thursday .
Oyeyemi said the suspects were arrested following a report lodged at Ilupeju Divisional Headquarters that two men, who had gone to work at Abule Oba Alamala along Ayetoro road were kidnapped by some gunmen.
He said “Upon the report, the DPO Sabo Ilupeju mobilised his men in collaboration with men of Nigeria army and So-Safe Corps and jointly embarked on aggressive bush combing in search of the victims and the suspects.
“While the exercise was going on, the operatives received information that the suspects have contacted the families of the victims and asked them to bring ransom somewhere in the area.
“Having received the information, the operatives swiftly moved to the area and laid ambush for the hoodlums. Not quite long, the hoodlums appeared to collect the ransom and the operatives engaged them in gun duel.
“Having realised that they were about to be overpowered, they took to their heels but were hotly chased and three amongst them were apprehended.
“Other members of the gang escaped with gunshot injuries which made them to eventually abandoned their victims, who were rescued unhurt and reunited with their families.”
Oyeyemi however ,said the Commissioner of police, Lanre Bankole, who expressed satisfaction with the performance of the officers, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to anti kidnapping unit of state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.
The PPRO said ” the Commissioner also directed that the escaped members of the gang be hunted for and brought to justice.
“The CP therefore appealed to members of the public, especially hospitals to inform the police if anybody with gunshot injuries is seen in their area.”