Ogun State Police Command officers tracked down suspected kidnappers and rescued three hostages in a forest off the Imeko-Iwoye Ketu Road in the Imeko-Afon Local Government Area.
Eight members of a gang terrorizing the Imeko and Iwoye regions of the state were named as the suspects.
According to a statement released by the command’s spokesperson, SP Abimbola, on September 6, 2022, personnel at the Imeko Divisional Headquarters, made the arrest after receiving a distress call.
“Aliu Abubakar, 29, Umaru Tukur, 24, and Yau Isah, 25, were taken into custody after police received a distress call reporting that “kidnappers numbering about 8 armed with dangerous weapons blocked Tarmac/Iwoye road and shooting intermittently.”
Upon receiving the distress call, the Divisional Police Officer of Imeko division immediately mobilized his men in conjunction with men of the Amotekun corps, So safe corps, Hunters, Vigilantes, and Fulani/Yoruba youths and stormed the forest in search of the victims and their abductors,” the statement continued.
The PPRO said, “The intelligence further showed that the hoodlums had harmed the duo of Bode Ogunleye and Muhammad Basa, while the trio of Alhaji Fatai Abdulsalam, Alhaji Dauda Orelope, and Alhaji Rafiu Isah were abducted by the same group.”
The victims were safely evacuated before the security personnel resumed searching the area, leading them to the hiding places of the three suspects.
As well as three cutlasses, one of them had the key to the abandoned motorcycle found at the scene of the kidnapping.
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Lanre Bankole, the state’s commissioner of police, has ordered the suspects to be transferred to the state’s anti-kidnapping branch of the Criminal and Investigation Department.
“The kidnappers gave up their victims and fled, leaving an unlicensed Bajaj motorcycle behind at their forest stronghold, indicating that they had been under severe pressure to do so.