March 30, 2017

Epe kidnap suspects nabbed

Police, Taraba, Provost, college, Benue


By Esther Onyegbula

Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command has arrested three suspected members of a kidnap gang in connection with series of abductions in Epe area of the state.

Recall that a female Police Sergeant attached to Ketu Division, identified simply as Bola, was abducted last month at Omu-Ijebu, a border town between Lagos and Ogun states, while a lawyer and owner of a farmland in Ogbodu community in Epe were also kidnapped.

The suspects— Tola Samuel, 26; Fekun Aboy, 23, and Mimo Blessing, 20— were arrested on Sunday by a combined team of Anti-Kidnapping team and Mobile Policemen of the Lagos Command, while escaping with their share of the ransom.

Recovered from them, according to Lagos  State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, were four automatic rifles, one locally-made gun, N400,000 cash, three speed boats, several cutlasses and mobile phones allegedly collected from victims.

The main suspect, Aboy, who gave the identity of his gang leader as Tallest, said he joined the kidnap gang three months ago.

He said: “My first operation was the one involving a female police officer.

“We came out from the creeks in two speed boats and laid ambush at the Molajoye Bridge. Just then, we saw a vehicle carrying five passengers.

“We came out when it got to the bridge, pounced on the passengers and took them into our boats. They were three women and two men.

“We headed to our camp and kept them for five days. It was while we were at the camp that we discovered that one of them was a policewoman.”

He said it was after they collected N200,000 from the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ketu and an additional N300,000 from the police woman’s family that they released her.