No fewer than 24 suspects were arrested for various criminal acts within the last one month in Ogun State. About nine arms, including AK 47 rifles and Pump Action guns and 39 ammunition were recovered from the hoodlums.
Making this revelation at the state police headquarters, Eleweran in Abeokuta, the state capital, on Thursday, while parading the suspects, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, also gave the command’s score card in the area of the ongoing mop-up exercise of firearms and ammunition.
The paraded suspects, apart from the armed robbery syndicates who were 16 in number, comprised four ritualists and four attempted kidnappers.
The robbery syndicates were mostly operating on highways before the bubble burst on them, during shooting sprees with men of the FSARS.
For the attempted kidnappers, the four suspects, all young men, had variously connived to kidnap either their employer, Mr. Adegbite David, Chairman of Misty “K” Holdings, Berger, Lagos or his daughter.
The last straw that broke the carmel’s back was threatening phone calls made to the victim, to either kill or kidnap him.
The callers, it was gathered, made their position known that it was either he settled them with a substantial amount of money or be kidnapped.
This development that sent spines down Adegbite’s marrow, following which he lodged a complaint with the FSARS.
According to the CP, “Upon the complaint, FSARS operatives embarked on technical investigation and scrutiny of the phone numbers, which led them to the hideout of the suspects in Akute area and subsequent arrest of the four suspects”.
CP Iliyasu gave the names of the attempted kidnappers as Idowu Mejoobi, Adeniran Oluwatobi, Segun Jimoh and Adesanya Bolanle.