If you reside in Ogun State, then be vigilant, because kidnappers in the state have device new strategies to adopt their targets.

This message came as a warning by the Ogun State Police Command, who exposed the new tactics employed by kidnappers, particularly at residential gates.

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Ogun: See New Tactics Adopted By Kidnappers

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, spoke during an interview with Punch.

Odutola revealed that kidnappers are now ambushing victims at their gates, leading to a rise in abductions in the eastern part of the state.

Area Of Operation

According to her, the syndicates commonly operate in Sagamu, Iperu, Ikenne, Odogbolu, and Eruwon in the Ijebu Ode region of Ogun East Senatorial District.

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In her words: “They lay in wait at the gates of their unsuspecting victims. As soon as a victim alights from their vehicle to open the gate, the kidnappers emerge from hiding, seizing the vehicle and any remaining occupants.”

This alarming tactic was highlighted by a recent incident in Ikenne.

The New Tactics

It was used to abduct a man right at his gate, and his car was driven away with his baby still inside.

Another distressing case involved Nimota Busari.

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Busari was abducted in a similar manner while her children were thrown out of the vehicle.
The kidnappers target residents living in remote areas, where police response might be delayed.

To combat this, Odutola advised residents in such localities to avoid traveling at night and ensure they are home before dark to mitigate risks.

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The Way Forward

“The Commissioner of Police has directed that business owners and residents in new or remote areas should ensure they return home before dusk.

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By so doing the police can effectively monitor and respond to these threats,” she added.

The police have deployed additional patrols to the identified hotspots and are intensifying efforts to dismantle the kidnapping syndicate.

Kidnappers On Rampage 

This follows a series of kidnappings in the state, including an attack on a Celestial Church where two worshippers were abducted.

Also, a school teacher was kidnaped from his farm.

In response to the escalating crime, the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has assured that tougher measures are being implemented to ensure the safety of Ogun State residents.

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