The Ekiti State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has arrested a group of kidnappers terrorising residents of the state.
Naija News understands that while the command was interrogating the syndicates, one Samuel confessed to being a former officer of the police force.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Tunde Mobayo, who disclosed the details of the operation carried out by men of the Rapid Response Squad in the state, said the criminals were nabbed on November 17, 2021.
The police boss said Samuel had confessed to being a member of the kidnapping gang and had participated in different abduction and robberies in the state.
Represented by the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Sunday Abutu, Mobayo while addressing reporters in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday (today), said the former cop confessed that he usually impersonate Fulani herdsmen due to his physical resemblance to a Fulani man.
The police PPRO added that one Dele, popularly known as Petim, who was arrested on November 18 in Ilorin, Kwara State, confessed to being the third in command of the notorious kidnapping gang.
The PPRO’s statement added: “He stated that he specialized in burglary and stealing and has burgled more than 10 shops/houses and carted away more than 12 motorcycles.
“He confessed further that the four guns earlier recovered by the police were hidden by him in his mother-in-law’s house in Ado-Ekiti.
Mobayo said that one Blessing, whose duty was to identify victims for kidnapping, was also arrested as one of the members of the kidnap syndicate, adding that Blessing and one suspect in police custody were the ones who identified the late Chief Abiodun Ayeni for kidnapping.
Unfortunately, Ayeni who was on the verge of being rescued had reportedly jumped out of the kidnappers’ moving car and died subsequently while receiving medical attention in a hospital.
The police commissioner said that men of the RRS also arrested one Bello at Igbara-Odo-Ekiti where he was demanding N50,000 ransom for the release of a kidnap victim, Shekina, adding that “during interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime.”