A vulcanizer operating in Ado Ekiti, Ige Adu, and a kidnap kingpin, Bummi Ogunremi, were among the suspects arrested by the police in Ekiti State, in connection with the abduction of a renowned oil dealer, Alhaji Suleiman Akinbami in January 2021.
Similarly, the criminal gang was allegedly responsible for the abduction of the former Surveyor General of Ekiti State’s wife, Mrs. Osalusi Funmilola, one Olowo Bolaji and Abiodun Ajayi, who died as a result of injuries sustained during the kidnap.
While Akinbami was picked up at his filling station, Mrs. Osalusi was kidnapped at her residence within the vicinity of the petrol dealer’s business premises located along Federal Polytechnic Road, Ado Ekiti.
For the quick arrest of other criminals who had bolted and are now at large, the Command has placed a N5 million price tag on the fugitives as a reward for anyone who supplies credible information concerning their whereabouts.
Addressing journalists during a parade in Ado Ekiti yesterday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Sunday Abutu, said the alleged culprits were nabbed on 6th November 2021, at about 4 pm by operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), based on a thorough investigation and tips from members of the public.
Abutu said: “During interrogation, the suspects confessed to be responsible for the kidnapping of one Olowo Bolaji ‘m’ in Ipoti-Ekiti on 29th January 2020. They also confessed to having kidnapped one Alhaji Suleiman Akinbami, a petrol dealer, who was kidnapped on 10th January 2021 in Ado-Ekiti.
“The suspects stated that they kidnapped one Mrs. Osalusi Dapo, the wife of a former Ekiti State Surveyor General sometime this year. The suspect further confessed that their syndicate kidnapped late Chief Abiodun Ajayi earlier this year in Ado-Ekiti who jumped from their vehicle but later died in the hospital during treatment due to the injuries he sustained.
“The suspects said they usually keep their victims in his father’s house, one late Chief Bafon, located at Water Works, Ado-Ekiti, and sometimes move them to Ayere Forest in Kogi State before demanding for ransom.
“They also mentioned Samuel Ebira, Jimoh Dele known as Dele Petim, Dayo Igwe and Johnson Okada, who are presently at large as other members of their gang. The concerted effort led to the arrest of one Taiwo Fayoke, who confessed to being their food supplier whenever victims are held hostage”.
While being interrogated, Adu, who is from Ikere Ekiti, said he was the one who identified Akinbami when the operation was about to be carried out, saying he had made over N600,000 being compensation given on the kidnap.
“I was the one who identified Alhaji Akinbami for them. I also participated in the kidnap of Mrs. Osalusi. I was given N100,000 on Akinbami’s abduction while I received N450,000 for the second operation. I have made a total of N550,000 from the operations I was involved in”.
One of the arrowheads of the kidnap syndicate, Bunmi Ogunremi, said he had carried out four operations in Ekiti, since he started the criminal business, revealing that his tentacles had spread to the neighbouring states of Osun, Kogi and Ondo states.
“When we started, my duty was to drive those suspects who are at large. I drove Alhaji Akinbami and the Surveyor General’s wife to our hideout in Kogi. I have only been involved in four kidnap operations,” he said.
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