BREAKTHROUGH: Police arrests 8 in connection with kidnappings in Ogbomoso, issues emergency nos

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BREAKTHROUGH: Police arrests 8 in connection with kidnappings in Ogbomoso, issues emergency nos

Khalid ABRAHAM

Nemesis has caught up with 8 men in connection with the spate of abductions that recently broke out in parts of Ogbomoso just as nine were arrested for their culpability in similar offences in Iwajowa local government area.

ogbomosoinsightonline.com recalls that Ogbomoso axis in the last one month has come under attacks from kidnappers suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, a development that has thrown the zone into panic. Not that kidnapping is strange to the area but the general insecurity in the country with kidnappings for ransom rampant, and believably being perpetrated by illegal Fulani immigrants, has made the recent ones a source of great concern to the people.

A Bishop of The Anglican Church Communion from Jebba Diocese in Kwara state, Rt. Rev’d Oluwaseun Aderogba alongside his wife and driver was kidnapped along Ogbomoso-Oyo highway in June, ransom was paid before they were released.

On July 16, a supervisor at TDB Farms Ltd. belonging to a former governor of Oyo state, late Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala, Christopher Taiwo Bakare, was abducted in the farm at Jabata, Surulere local government, just as on July 22, a private hospital owner, Abdulraheed Oladoye, was kidnapped from his hospital in Gbede also in Surulere local government.

The two victims only regained freedom after alleged payments of ransoms of N5m and N3 respectively.

Just two days ago (July 28), at Abaa area, Ogbomoso, a hotelier, Oluwagbemiga Owolabi and one of his staff, a female, simply identified as Rachael, were forcefully whisked away by suspected kidnappers from the hotel, Tana Suite, with a ransom of N100m initially placed on them.

In all cases, the police and other security agencies, swiftly launched manhunts for the criminals but none of the victims were rescued by the security agents.

However, the Oyo State Police Command on Friday announced a major breakthrough in the fight against kidnapping as it paraded suspected criminals it claims are responsible for some of the crimes.

Briefing newsmen yesterday, on behalf of the Oyo State Commissioner for Police, CP Adebowale Williams, SP Adewale Osifeso, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), said eight were arrested in connection with the arrest of Christopher Taiwo Bakare and Abdulrasheed Oladoye, while another nine got nabbed for similar offences in Iganna, Iwere-Ile and Ijio, all in Iwajowa local government area.

Confirming the suspicion of the people, of the 17 paraded suspects, 16 appears to be Fulani herdsmen while only one is Yoruba.

Titled, “Abductors of Dr. Oladoye, late former Governor’s Supervisor in Oyo State Police Command’s Custody,” the command in the statement gave the name of the suspects in connection with the Jabata and Gbede abductions as Anjola Abubakar (25yrs), Sani Abacha Abdullahi (28yrs), Sani Abacha Jafaru (26yrs), Sale Mohammadu (25yrs), Isah Seriki Muhammed (25yrs), Aliu Jafaru (50yrs), Umar Abubakar (34yrs) and Mustapha Baruguma (20yrs).

For the Iwajowa area strikes the arrested suspects included Umar Jale Usman (56yrs), Abdullahi Mohammed Sani (42yrs), Jamiu Jubril (45yrs), Kayode Kolade (35yrs), Leggi Usman (28yrs), Jamiu Iroko (30yrs), Sule Bello (20yrs), Umar Shuaibu (20yrs) and (Kali Weti (29yrs).

According to the command, various dangerous weapons and cash were also found in their possession including one (1) Dane gun, One (1) expended cartridge, detachable head hood (black), one pair of slippers and a sum of #12,000 (twelve thousand naira).

Adding that the suspects had confessed to their culpability and are helping the police in investigations, it appealed to residents of the state to continue to cooperate with the police by furnishing it with “credible and timely information capable of nipping crime in the bud at all times.”

Meanwhile, the PPRO reeled out some mobile lines which he said people can call at times of distress. “In cases of emergency, the Command can always be reached through these emergency control room numbers: 615 (toll free) (OYO STATE SECURITY TRUST FUND), and Oyo State Police Command emergency lines 07055495413 and 08081768614.

“The NPF rescue me app is also available for free download on both Android and Apple IOS, for Android and I phone users respectively.”

 

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