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Ogun police arrest four suspected kidnappers of Bishop Joshua

Operatives of Ogun State Police Command have arrested four-members of a notorious kidnap gang, terrorising Abeokuta and its environs. The suspects: Ismaila Ibrahim, 21, Musa Muhammed, 26, Irekura Abu, 43 and Okanlawon Muhammed, 26, were arrested following a series of kidnap cases at Soyooye and Ibara Orile areas of Abeokuta.

Having received reports of kidnap cases in the aforementioned area, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, directed the Anti-kidnapping team to move into the area and fish out perpetrators of the dastardly act. In compliance with the CP’s directive, the SP Taiwo Opadiran-led team embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation, which led them to one of the suspects, Irekura Abu, who was later discovered to be the supplier of guns to the hoodlums.

His arrest led to the arrest of Musa Muhammed, while he was coming out from their hideout to buy food for their victims and members of the gang.  The duo, after thorough investigation confessed to be members of a kidnap gang responsible for the abduction of one Bishop Oladimeji Joshua of Prayer City, Keesan Abeokuta, on September 22, 2022.

They also informed the police that they were responsible for the kidnap of one Kafayat Jelili of Ogo titun area of Ibara Orile, on September 27, 2022. Their confession led to the arrest of the remaining two, Ismaila Ibrahim and Okanlawon Muhammed. Recovered from them are two double-barrel guns and one single-barrel long gun.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police has commended the Anti-kidnapping unit for the breakthrough and ordered that the suspects be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.  He also directed a man-hunt for other members of the gang who are presently on the run, with the view to bringing them to justice.

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