Crime

Oyo State Police command arrests suspected kidnappers of All Progressive Congress youth leader’s wife

Segun Showunmi in Ibadan

Pelican Brief

The Oyo State Police Command on Monday said  it has arrested suspected kidnappers of  Mrs. Aderiyike Oni-Salawu, who is the wife of Oyo State All Progressive Congress youth leader.

Penpushing reports that the Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko while parading the suspects at the Command headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan said   the suspected kidnappers confessed to have abducted their victim for ransom.

The police boss commended her men for their gallantry in apprehending the notorious kidnappers, recalling that the command on July 3rd,2021 received an information at the Monitoring Unit that the members of a kidnapping syndicate that has masterminded many high profile kidnapping cases and other related crimes in Ibadan and other parts of the State were sighted in their hideouts.

“On 3rd July, 2021 at about 2030hrs, the state police command received an information at the Monitoring Unit that the members of a kidnapping syndicate that has masterminded many high profile kidnapping cases and other related crimes in Ibadan and other parts of the State were sighted in their hideouts’,she said.

“Team of operatives attached to the police unit upon receiving the intelligence immediately swung into action leading to the arrest of the kidnap kingpin of the deadly criminal gang and other members of his syndicate in their various hideouts within Ibadan metropolis”, Onadeko stated

“The suspected criminals include; Bolaji Shittu (43years), Jamiu Isiaka (36years), Shola Ogundele aged 44, Saheed Adeleke, 36years, and Yusuf Akinwale, age 46.Items recovered from them include three locally made cut-To-size barrel guns, 15 gun cartridges, one Toyota Camry car and one brown Rado female wristwatch.”

“The suspects have since confessed to have kidnapped one  Mrs. Oni-Salawu and also collected ransom of N3.5 million (three million five hundred thousand naira) from the victim’s family members before she was eventually released.”

“Upon interrogations, the suspects confessed to the kidnapping of one Mrs. Oni Salawu Aderiyike on 25th May, 2021 at about 2200Hrs at Aromolaran area, Ibadan and confirmed that they collected ransom of Three Million Five Hundred Naira from her relatives before she was released from their captivity after eight days.”

“The victim was later invited and in her statement, she narrated that apart from the huge sum of money collected from her relatives before she was released from the kidnappers’ den, the abductors also dispossessed her of cash sum of one Hundred and Twenty Thousand naira, gold chain, gold wedding ring and her silver wristwatch all valued about Five Hundred Thousand and Twenty Thousand naira.”

“Further investigation later led to the arrest of the syndicate’s gunrunner who identified himself as Yusuf Akinwale. The gunrunner confessed to have procured/produced guns used by the kidnappers for the criminal activities”,Onadeko added

Penpushing further reports that the victim   while narrating her ordeal in the  kidnappers den lamented that it was as big  traumatizing  experience for her, while it will  also forever remained indelible in her memory.

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