The men of the Ogun state police command have arrested another member of a notorious 12 kidnap gang who escaped into the Onigbedu forest in Ewekoro Local government area of the state.
The suspect, Usman Aliyu, was arrested following a combing exercise embarked upon by the police after an information received at Ewekoro divisional headquarters that the suspect was sighted taking a commercial motorcycle at Onigbedu area moving towards Papalanto en route Lagos.
The command’s spokesperson, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement made available to Blueprint, Sunday, stated that the DPO Ewekoro division, CSP Sunday Opebiyi, upon the information quickly mobilised his men on a stop and search along that road and the suspect was subsequently identified and promptly arrested.
“On interrogation, he confessed being a member of the kidnap gang, whose two members were earlier arrested and a victim rescued from them.
“He informed the police that they were six in number, and that when two amongst them were apprehended, the other members ran into different directions in the forest. But since policemen are not relenting in searching for them in the bush, he decided to come out and take a commercial motorcycle out of that vicinity.
“He confessed further that it was their gang that was responsible for the kidnap of one Owolabi Abiodun and one Fakorede Kazeem at Kipe village, Idi ori Abeokuta on the 7th of October 2022, but Fakorede Kazeem was killed by the gang because he was unable to walk fast while they were being taking away in the bush.
“The gang according to him also kidnapped the duo of Adekunle Esther, a 10 year-old and Adekunle Adebayo, 15 years old at Olomowewe Street, rounder, Abeokuta on the 10th of October 2022.
“He confessed further that, on the 19th of October 2022,the gang kidnapped one Mrs Famurewa at Abule Ijaye Soyooye, Abeokuta at the entrance of their house after killing her 65 years old husband, one Festus Famurewa and later released the wife after collecting ransome.
“Also, on the 16th of November 2022, the duo of Olatunji Azeez and Osoba Moroof were kidnapped by the same gang at Olujobi town Itori but were later set free after collecting ransome.
“All the victims including the two kids have come forward to to identify the suspects as those who abducted them”, the statement reads.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, who praised members of the public for supporting the police by giving them necessary information has given assurance that other members of the gang will be fished out wherever they might be, as the Command will make the state uncondusive for them to operate.