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Police have arrested a 5-man kidnap gang operating from forest at Eleja area of Obada Oko in Ewekoro Local Government of Ogun State.
The suspected kidnappers were said to be responsible for the kidnappings that took place in the area.
Some unknown gunmen had earlier invaded a Cherubim and Seraphim church along Railway station in Obada Oko , kidnapped three worshippers and demanded 6million ransom before their victims could be released.
In a statement issued and made available to newsmen on Wednesday, the police spokesman in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the suspected kidnappers were arrested following information received by the operatives that the kidnappers were sighted on two motorcycles inside forest at Eleja area of Obada oko.
Oyeyemi added that, two motorcycles with registration number MEK 504 VC and ODE 423 VC were recovered from them.
Also recovered from them were illicit drugs such as packs of tramadol, weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, three cutlasses, eskay and a cash sum of seventy-three thousand naira.
“The suspects; Aliu Manya, Usman Abubakar, Abayomi Olayiwola, Nasiru Muhammad and Bello Usman were arrested, following an information received by policemen attached to Obada oko divisional headquarters that the men were sighted on two motorcycle inside forest at Eleja area of Obada oko at about 8 p.m.
“Upon the information, the DPO Obada Oko division, CSP Tijani Muhammed, quickly mobilized his men and in conjunction with other stakeholders like so safe corps, hunters and local vigilante, stormed the forest where the five suspects were apprehended.
“Recovered from them are illicit drugs such as packs of tramadol, weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, three cutlasses, eskay and two motorcycles with registration number MEK 504 VC and ODE 423 VC as well as cash sum of seventy three thousand naira”.
Oyeyemi said, while the investigation was ongoing, a kidnap victim who had been released identified the suspected kidnappers as his abductors.
“While the investigation was going on, a kidnap victim who was earlier kidnapped and released came forward to identify the suspects as those that kidnapped him. His brother, who took ransom money to them also identified two amongst the suspects as those who collected the money from him for the release of his brother”.
The commissioner of police, Lanre Bankole ordered the transfer of the suspects to anti kidnapping unit of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation.
He also directed that other members of the gang should be hunted for and brought to justice.
Bankole appealed to members of the public to assist the police by giving them useful information that will assist in tracking down the criminals within their areas.