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My staff were behind the abduction of my twins – Akewugbagold

Valentine Chinyem

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Father of the abducted two-year-old twin in Oyo state, Sheikh Taofeek Azeez Akewugbagold, has thanked the Oyo state government, the state command of the Nigeria Police Force, and well meaning Nigerians, following the arrest of the mastermind behind the kidnapping of his children.

It would be recalled that Sheikh Taofeek had begged the public to help find his children, who were kidnapped on April 25, from their residence in Ojoo area of Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

Expressing gratitude to God, the Sheikh said, “Alhamdulillah! Allah has beared me witness that I worship Him only.
This is Opeyemi Ibraheem Agbenuso odo, a casual worker under me who was handling social media aspects of my Ramadan lecture.

”He’s the betrayer who organised and masterminded the Kidnapping.
He warmed himself into my heart, and until 3 days ago, we normally had break fast together on the same plate.
I believed he’s full of wisdom and I penciled him down for HAJJ 2020 with promise to finance his wedding 100% in December.

”Is it a crime to be nice and endowed, but jobless young man?
He’s to collect #100k for handling my Ramadan lecture on Social media. Apart from data, he has collected 50% apart from daily gift. Alhamdulillah for everything,” the Sheikh added.

However, one of the masterminds behind the abduction of the twins, Bashiru Mohammed (33), while being paraded said, the Sheikh “was trying his best for us but we just wanted to make more money from him and that was why we carried out the operation”

Mohammed said this on Monday while being paraded at the Oyo State Police Command Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan.

According Mohammed, he has been working with Alhaji Akewugbagold for the past three years and felt he deserved better.

The suspects, during parade at the force headquarters, Ibadan

“It is not that he was not paying us, but we just felt we could get more money from him by carrying out the abduction. I can only say we allowed the love of money to take over our thinking and I pray that God will forgive us. We collected N4 million from Alhaji at Onidundu area of Ibadan,” Mohammed said.

Another employee of Alhaji Akewugbagold, Opeyemi Oyeleye (25), denied being a party to the abduction.

He said, after Mohammed had committed the crime, he escaped to Sokoto State, but later confessed to him on phone about the operation.

“I then persuaded him to go and confess to Alhaji Akewugbagold. In fact, when he called me on WhatsApp, I notified the police and I persuaded him to return to Ibadan.

“When he got back, I met him and he narrated how the whole operation went; it was while taking him to Alhaji Akewugbagold’s house to confess that the police arrested the two of us.

Oyo state Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu

“I didn’t know anything about the abduction. I only wanted to make him confess to Alhaji Akewugbagold. My plan was to take him to Alhaji, with the remaining money and explain, but I was arrested by the police,” Oyeleye said.

More so, a lady who was in charge of caring for the abducted twin while in captivity, Modinat Rafiu, denied knowing the kids were abducted. She said when her husband, Mutiu Rafiu, brought the twins to their house at Ogbere Target on April 25 with his friend, Fatai Akanji, they claimed Akanji’s wife had abandoned the children and absconded with a lover.

Policemen arranging part of the ransom recovered from the suspects.

“I was then told to take care of the children and not allow them to go out as Akanji’s wife was searching for them so that she could take them. I immediately believed them and didn’t suspect anything until I was arrested by the police,” she said.

The Commissioner of Police, Oyo state command, Shina Olukolu, assured Nigerians that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as possible.

He thanked the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; the Oyo State governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, the AIG in-charge of Zone 11, Bashir Makama and members of the public for their support, during investigations.