BARELY A WEEK IN OFFICE, OYO POLICE COMMISSIONER FOILS KIDNAPPING, ROBBERIES

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[Ibadan]–Barely a week after resuming office, Oyo State Commissioner of Police Abiodun Adekunle Odude yesterday paraded five suspects for their alleged involvement in the kidnap of a 42-year-old woman in Ibadan, the state capital.

He also paraded 18 robbery suspects for alleged car snatching and burglary.

Parading the suspects at the Eleyele Police Command Headquarters, Odude said on February 25, about 10pm, a group of men trailed a 42- year-old woman from Ojoo to her house in Akobo.

“They robbed her of her valuables, including cash, jewelries and phone and later took her to a forest in Ogere, Ogun State, where she was kept for two days.

“The victim was gagged and blindfolded and the suspects contacted her family for a ransom before she was released on February 27.

“Based on intelligence gathering, we contacted our men in Lagos and the RRS arrested three of them in Lagos and my men also arrested four others in Ibadan,” he said

The suspects are Folorunso Aderopo (31), an ex-convict who was released last August; Taoreed Ibrahim; Wilfred Manger; Moshood and Umar Amadu.

A Toyota Highlander, one Nokia phone, Samsung S5 phone, eight Sim cards and one Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card were recovered from them.

The kingpin, Aderopo, said someone gave him the tip that the woman is rich.

“So myself, Wilfred and Umar went to Ojoo that day and we traced her to Akobo were we robbed her before kidnapping her.

“It was Umar who said we should take her to the bush that she will give us more money. We took her to a bush in Ogere and collected N3 million.

“But before then, I was caught. We initially requested for N5 million. I was arrested in Lagos with the woman’s vehicle,” he said

In an interview with the victim, she said the kidnappers followed her home while returning from work.

“Immediately the gate to our house was opened they attacked us and told everybody to lie down and after all our valuables were collected they took me along with them in my Toyota Highlander.

I was blindfolded and at a point we came down and started trekking in the forest for two days before they ask my family to pay N5 million but they negotiated and N3millon was paid and I was released,” she said.




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