OGUN: Eight suspected members of kidnap syndicate arrested after operating in Benue


The long arm of the law has caught up with no fewer than eight suspected members of a kidnap syndicate who were all arrested in Ogun State after they completed an operation in Benue State.

The arrest of the suspects was confirmed in a statement issued on Saturday by the spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, who said that the suspects who relocated to hide in the state were arrested on Friday at Omo Ijesa village, following credible intelligence reports.

He further added that when interrogated, the suspects confessed to have killed their last victim, one Mrs Akiishi Catherine, 65, and three others in their previous operations.

“The suspects were arrested on May 7, sequel to credible intelligence the command received and acted upon in a follow-up on a case of the kidnap of a 65-year-old, Mrs Akiishi Catherine in Benue State.

“The operation was led by the Commissioner of Police in Osun, Olawale Olokode.

“Prior to the arrest, Police investigations revealed that the suspects relocated to Osun after the kidnap of the woman as a deceptive tactic to avoid arrest by the Police in Benue.

“The suspects have also planned to use Osun as a safe haven for the negotiation and collection of ransom even after murdering the woman in cold blood,’’ the spokesperson said.


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