Saturday 20 May 2023

Ekiti police arrest four suspected kidnappers, others

The Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, Dare Ogundare, on Friday, paraded 16 suspects arrested for various criminal activities.

Four of them were nabbed over alleged kidnapping in the Oke Ako area of the state and parts of Kwara State.

Ogundare, who assured that the command would continue to fight crime, said the suspects would be charged at the completion of investigations.

The CP said the police in Ekiti, in conjunction with the Kogi State Police Command, arrested one Abu Hassan, popularly known as Danger, and Abubakar Sodiq, who were notorious kidnappers that had been terrorising residents around Iyemero/Oke-Ako/Irele/Ipao-Ekiti areas of Ekiti.

The police boss said the kidnap victims in the Oke Aki axis identified Danger.

“One locally-made single-barrelled gun and two live cartridges were recovered from the suspects. An effort is ongoing for the possible arrest of other fleeing suspects,” he added.

The commissioner noted that men of the command also arrested one Umar Hassan and Yusuf Lawal for allegedly invading the Ayenco area, Eda-Ile Ekiti, and kidnapping one Mary Olajumoke, who was released after a ransom was paid.

He said, “Upon the arrest of the suspects, two cutlasses and a cash sum of N82,200, which was part of the ransom collected, were recovered from them.”

According to him, other suspects included those arrested over alleged membership of a cult and armed robbery, among others.

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