Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
Four members of a kidnap syndicate have been arrested by operatives of Ogun state police command for kidnapping a 13-year-old girl in Onipanu area of Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of the state.
The four suspects are John Nelson aged 21, Adeleke Ayotunde aged 29, 20-year-old Adekunle Basit and Abey Fagbemi aged 20. They were arrested following a complaint lodged at Onipanu divisional headquarters by one Adejunwon Odunowo.
According to statement from the Spokesman of the state police command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi on Tuesday, Adejunwon was said to have reported that, her 13-year-old daughter, Susan Odunowo, was sent on an errand by her mother at about 6:30 p.m. of 6th of May 2021, but didn’t return home.
He stated further that, he later received an anonymous phone call, demanding for the sum of N500,000 as ransom, if he ever wants to see his daughter again.
The statement reads that “Upon the report, the DPO, Onipanu division, CSP Bamidele Job, detailed his crack detectives, to embark on intelligence and technical based investigation, in order to unravel those behind the devilish act.
“On the 8th of May 2021, the detectives successfully traced one of the suspects to Cele area of Ota, where he was arrested. His arrest, led to the apprehension of two other members of the gang at a factory in Ota.
“It was then discovered that the victim was being kept in a room, owned by Adekunle Basit. Detectives swiftly moved in there, and rescued the victim unhurt.
“The leader of the gang, Abbey Fagbemi, who took to flight immediately he heard of the arrest of his fellow gang members, was later arrested at about 7:30 am of Monday 10th of May 2021.The victim has since been reunited with her family.”
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who expressed satisfaction about the quick response of his men to the incident, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to anti-kidnapping section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department, for discreet investigation and prosecution.
He also appealed to members of the public, to adhere strictly to various security advice given by the command, in order not to fall victim of kidnap syndicates.