Police operatives in Ogun State have arrested four suspected miscreants allegedly terrorising Abeokuta and its environs.
SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer issued this statement in Abeokuta on Wednesday, November 23.
According to Oyeyemi, the suspects, Ismaila Ibrahim 21, Musa Muhammed, 26, Irekura Abu, 43 and Okanlawon Muhammed 26, were arrested following a series of kidnap cases at Soyooye and Ibara Orile area of Abeokuta.
The spokesman revealed that the Commissioner of Police Lanre Bankole directed the command’s ordered the arrest the perpetrators.
“In compliance with the commissioner’s directive, the Superintendent of Police, Taiwo Opadiran-led team embarked on the technical and intelligence-based investigation.
“This led them to one of the suspects Abu, who was later discovered to be the supplier of guns to the hoodlums.
“The arrest of one of the suspects led to the arrest of Muhammed while he was coming out from their hideout to buy food for their victims and members of the gang.
“The suspects confessed to be members of a kidnap gang who were responsible for the abduction of one Bishop Oladimeji Joshua of prayer city, Keesan Abeokuta, on Sept. 22.
“They also informed the police that they were responsible for the kidnap of one Kafayat Jelili of Ogo Titun area of Ibara Orile on Sept. 27,” he said.
He further stressed that two other suspects, Ibrahim and Okanlawon Muhammed were later arrested following alleged confession by the gang members.
According to him, items recovered from them include two double-barrel guns and a single-barrel long gun, maintaining that the commissioner of police had ordered that arraignment of the suspects before the court as soon as the investigation was concluded.
He also directed that intensive surveillance be mounted other members of the gang who are currently at large in order to bring them to book.