By Abdallah el-Kurebe, Editor
#TrackNigeria: The Ondo state police command on Wednesday paraded five kidnappers alleged to have been terrorising the people of the state, especially those in Akoko axis of the state.
Parading the suspects, the Commissioner of Police, Undie Adie commended the media for their support of the Command since his assumption of office as new boss.
He also promised to provide adequate security for the people of the state.
Adie also said the police were on the trail of other suspects involved in the recent bank robbery in the state, adding that the command was strategising with other stakeholders to forestall future occurrence of similar incident.
He explained that the kidnappers were caught on the 2nd of April, 2019.
“One Prince omoghae igbegbon m’ of A3, senior staff Quarters Nifor, Benin, Edo state, was attacked by unknown gunmen numbering six along Akunu/Akoko Auga road Ondo state. The hoodlums robbed him of N185,000 and also abducted him.
“The abductors demanded N30 million for his release and on the 3rd of April, a team of policemen with members of vigilante group trailed the kidnappers to their den at Ibilo in Edo state. After exchange of gunfire, the kidnappers fled to unknown destination leaving behind one pump action gun, one double barrel and one single barrel guns.
“The victim escaped to a community in Ibilo where he explained his ordeal in the hands of the kidnappers. The police placed the community on red alert to watch out for any strange face.
“Thereafter, one Ismaila Wakil, aged 19 years from Niger state, whom the victim later recognised as one of the kidnappers, was arrested and handed over to the police. Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to the commission of the crime and mentioned other members of the gang.
“The suspect led a team of detectives to the hideouts of the hoodlums at Aduwawa in Benin, Edo state where following members of his gang Abdullahi Sanni, aged 33 years, from Kogi state; Mohammed Abdullahi, aged 33 years from Sokoto state; Umoru Usman, aged 25 years from Kebbi state and Shehu Usman, aged 25 years from Niger state were arrested,” Adie said.
While confirming that Wakil identified the gang members, he added that they would be charged to court after investigation.