Three men who had concluded plans to kidnap some passengers travelling on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and demand for ransom have been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command, the command announced on Monday, April 12.
They were part of a six-man gang who the police said had been terrorising passengers on the expressway for some time as the three other members of the gang escaped when policemen swooped on their hideout in the bush.
The three men, whose names were given as Nathaniel Jacob, aged 23 years; Isah Danladi, aged 22 and Abubakar Rabiu, aged 23, were said to have been arrested at the Fidiwo area of the expressway following a tip-off from local hunters who were said to have heard the six of them discussing how they intended to kidnap passengers on the expressway.
It was gathered that following the tip-off from the hunters, policemen from the Ajebo Division of the command, in conjunction with other local hunters and others, swooped on the men who, on sighting the team, fled but three of them were later apprehended.
According to a statement by the state police command through its Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, on the website of the command, during their interrogation, they were said to have confessed to have been in the bush for about 10 days waiting for a convenient opportunity to kidnap passengers.
They were also said to have disclosed that it took them so long to carry out the kidnap because of heavy presence of policemen on the strech of the expressway.
According to the statement: "Three men who belong to a six-man kidnap syndicate have been arrested after they were seen in the bush on the expressway by some local hunters who said they heard their conversations about plan to kidnap passengers on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
"The hunters alerted the police, who rallied some hunters groups and stormed the bush in the Fidiwo area.
"On sighting the police, the men took to their heels, but luck ran out of the three and they were subsequently apprehended, while three others escaped with their arms.
"On interrogation, they confessed to have been in the bush for about 10 days waiting for a convenient opportunity to carry out their act. They said it took them so long to do so because of heavy presence of policemen on the strech of the expressway.
"They confessed that they are six people that make up the gang and that the escaped three are in possession of their weapons."
"Preliminary investigation revealed that the gang had been responsible for some of the kidnappings along the expressway and items recovered from them included cutlasses which they claimed were seized from farmers they saw on their farms.
"The Commissioner of Police, Mr Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the anti-kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for more investigations."
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