Two suspected kidnappers have been arrested by the police in Ogun State while trying to pick up ransom dropped by the family of their victim on Sunday.
According to the state police command’s spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects are Muhammed Abubakar, 42 and Clinton Niche, 18.
Oyeyemi said the suspects were apprehended following a report lodged at Agbara Area command by one Stephen Ajibili, who claimed that his seven-year-old son, Daniel Ajibili, had been kidnapped by unknown persons while he was sent on an errand by his mother at about 11:20 am.
“He stated further that the abductors had called him and demanded for the sum of one million naira if he wants his son released,” Oyeyemi told newsmen.
The Acting Area Commander in Agbara, CSP Kayode Shedrack, in response, mobilized detectives, who embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation to unravel those behind the abduction.
“The efforts of the detectives paid off when the suspects who had directed the victim’s parents to drop the ransom money somewhere were ambushed and apprehended by the police detectives,” Oyeyemi said.
The suspects subsequently led the police to a location in the bush where the victim was tied to a tree.
“On interrogation, the suspects informed the police that they were three in number, but the remaining member of their gang was the person watching over their victim while they came out to collect the ransom. Having discovered that his two accomplices had been arrested, he took to flight immediately,” Oyeyemi said.
He added that the Acting Commissioner of Police, DCP Abiodun Alamutu, had directed that the arrested suspects be taken to the anti-kidnapping section of the State CIID for discreet investigation. He also ordered that the fleeing gang member be hunted down.