By Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta
Men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Ogun State Police Command, led by Muhammed Tijani, have arrested an ex-soldier, and four suspected members of a kidnapping syndicate terrorising the state.
Parading the suspects, the state Police Commissioner, Ikemefuna Okoye, said the arrest was a breakthrough for the command and a setback for the syndicate which he said had been responsible for kidnappings in Ijebu axis.
“These five members of the syndicate responsible for the recent spate of kidnappings in the state have confessed that they are responsible for all of them”, Okoye said.
“The SARs has placed the syndicate on surveillance shortly after the Ojude Oba festival, before they swooped on their hideout at Ijebu Ode on Monday, November 10, 2014.
“They opened fire on our men when they got to their hideout. A shootout ensued and four members of the syndicate, including a woman, fell to the superior firepower of our men.
“But we were able to arrest five of them, while others are still at large,”he said.