By Mosunmola Ayobami, Ilorin
Five members of two different gangs of kidnappers in Kwara State were on Wednesday paraded by the state Police Command in Ilorin.
The suspects were identified as Babangida Buguda (30), Bashiru Yakuba (35), Mohammed Umaru (26) Garuba Abubakar and Abubakar Adam.
Parading the suspects, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Paul Odama, said his men were on the trail of other fleeing suspects, their arms and money collected from their victims.
The police boss said that the suspects have confessed to have killed one Inspector Segun Ayegbulu of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to Ekiti State command.
He said that the suspected kidnappers had been terrorizing Eruku town in Ekiti Local Government Area, Oro-Ago town and Oke-Ode–Share road in Ifelodun Local Government Area in Kwara State, as well as in Ekiti and Kogi states.
Odama also said that exhibits found on them include two locally made guns and two handsets.
He said: “On 9/11/2022 at about 1745hours, one Shina Luke Abiodun of Eruku town in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State, and one other, while riding on a motorcycle on their way from Egbe in Kogi State were accosted at Koro village close to Eruku town by men numbering about six, who emerged from the bush armed with guns and other dangerous weapons.
“The hoodlums opened fire on them and they sustained gunshot injuries. They however escaped the attack and ran to the anti-kidnapping patrol team stationed at Eruku town.
“The team moved to the scene and one Techno phone was recovered. Forensic analysis of the phone by the investigators led to the arrest of the kingpin and two of his gang members in Oro-Ago, Ifelodun LGA, Kwara State on 20/12/2022.
“The suspects confessed during interrogation to have been responsible for kidnapping operations within Ekiti, Kogi and Kwara states respectively.
“One of their victims and his six-year-old son came from Ekiti State to identify and confirmed that they were kidnapped and held captive for six days by the suspects and were released after payment of N6 million.”
The police commissioner said that one Abubakar Mohammed 15 years old was kidnapped along Oke-Ode–Share road in the Ifelodun LGA, Kwara State on 12/12/2022 by the second gang of suspected kidnappers.
“This prompted the Command to dispatch a team of State Intelligent Bureau (SIB) and conventional police from Oke-Ode Division.
“Diligent investigation led to the arrest of one Garuba Abubakar A.K.A. Elero of Lokongoma village and Abubakar Adam of Ile Nam, Oke-Ode, Ifelodun LGA, Kwara State who are members of the kidnapping syndicate. They confessed to have been the collector of the N500,000 ransom paid by the victim.
“The leader of the gang, one Chairman Rabiu who is presently at large is said to be in possession of the gang’s firearm and always in custody of all ransom collected as confessed by the two arrested suspects.
“Efforts are on top gear to get him arrested. All the suspects would soon be charged to court,” he sadi.