THE Oyo State Police Command on Monday confirmed that a kidnap gang that abducted the twin of the Chairman of Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board, (Muslim wing) Islamic cleric, Alhaji Taofek Azeez aka Akeugbagold collected a ransom of N4m.
While parading the seven suspected kidnappers including a lady at the state headquarters of the Police Eleyele, Ibadan, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Shina Olukolu said after the arrest of the hoodlums, the sum of N2,863,000 was recovered from them.
He gave the names of the suspects including two of the workers of the Islamic cleric as Ridwan Taiwo, Rafiu Mutiu, Olumide Ajala, Fatai Akanji, Bashiru Mohammed, Opeyemi Oyeleye and one Rafiu Modinat.
The CP said, “the abducted babies were released unhurt eight days later after their father had parted with an alleged sum of N4m as a ransom to the hoodlums.”
According to the police, exhibits recovered from the suspects include one locally made cut to size single barrel gun, eight live cartridges, one Nissan Micra car with Reg no. JJJ 703 BJ which was used for the criminal activity and another Nissan Micra car marked NRK 864 YR partly paid for from part of the ransom, the sum of N2,863,000 being part of the ransom, an unregistered TVS Motorcycle which was equally used to monitor, execute the operation and buy food for the abducted babies were all recovered from the hoodlums.”