BY DAUD OLATUNJI & PETER OKUTU
ABEOKUTA — The Ogun State Police Command yesterday, said it had arrested two fleeing kidnappers in Ebonyi State after they allegedly kidnapped their victims at Molipa, Ijebu Ode on July 8.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this in a statement said one Kingson Sunday and August Johnson were nabbed by detectives attached to the Criminal Investigations Department of the command.
According to Adejobi, the prime suspect, Mr. Kingson Sunday, had kidnapped Tolulope Kosoko and Omodolapo Kosoko, who are children of same parents.
“The parents of the victims had relied on a person called Sunday, who is a friend to a family friend, to help them drop and pick up the children after school. Tolulope and Omodolapo, who are nine and seven years respectively, are pupils of Imperial International School, Molipa, Ijebu Ode.
“On the fateful day, Sunday decided to kidnap the two children and fled with them to Ebonyi State.
“Sunday, a teacher, later contacted the parents of the victims and demanded a ransom of N500,000.
“Later, he sent the account details of the second suspect, Mr. August Johnson, a teacher residing at Ohaozara in Ebonyi. A sum of N150,000 was deposited in the said account by the Police.
“The suspects were arrested while trying to withdraw the money from the account with the help of the police informants on surveillance in Ebonyi State.
“Sunday had changed the names of the victims. He changed the name of Tolulope Kosoko to Bishop, while that of Omodolapo was changed to Turey.
“The suspects were arrested in Ohaukwu Ebonyi on July 15 by the detectives from Ogun State after a rigorous investigation.
On his part, the Ebonyi Police Command spokesman, ASP Chris Anyanwu, said: “The suspects have been transferred to the Ogun State Police command for further investigation and prosecution.
According to Anyanwu, the two victims have been re-united with their family and have also gone back to Ogun State where they reside.
“We have concluded our own investigation on the kidnap of the two children by their teacher and on Thursday morning, a team of police officers from our command had to escort the suspects to Ogun State for them to continue the investigation and prosecution of the suspect. The victims have been re-united with their parents and have also gone back to Ogun State were the reside.
“With the success recorded by our command and the confessional statement of the suspects, we are optimistic that the Ogun state Police Command would also do a further investigation into the matter
and prosecute the suspects”.
ASP Chris Anyanwu said that the teacher who is a staff of Imperial International School Ijebo-Ode in Ogun state was arrested in his home town, Obieze, in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi state following a tip off.
He added that the suspect took advantage of his relationship with the family and took the victims to his village only to turn around and started demanding for ransom from the parents before releasing the
He stated further that the suspect demanded for N250, 000 ransom for each child making a total of N500,000 in which the parents of the victims paid N150, 000 and urged him to give them time to complete the money.
Anyanwu also stated that another teacher who hailed from Ugwulangwu in Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state who he (suspect) had arranged with for the ransom to be paid into his account was also arrested.