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Police arrests 12 kidnappers terrorizing travellers on Lagos-Ibadan expressway

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The Police Command in Oyo has arrested no fewer than 12 suspects connected with cases of kidnapping at Onigari in Oluyole Local Government Area of the state, on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The state commissioner of police, Ngozi Onadeko, paraded the suspects on Thursday at the command’s headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan.

The command also paraded 20 other suspects involved in conspiracy, armed robbery, murder and impersonation as an army officer.

Ms Onadeko said that owing to the rising cases of kidnapping on Lagos-Ibadan expressway and murder at Onigari area of Oluyole LGA on January 7, the command immediately swung into action deploying intelligence and tactical assets.

She said that the deployment at 3:30 p.m., on January 14, led to the arrest of one of the suspects, alias Maku-Maku, a suspected member of the kidnapping gang that had been terrorising travellers on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The police spokesperson said that further investigation led to the arrest of other suspects while some were still at large.

She said the suspects confessed to have carried out the the kidnapping operations that led to the death of one Oluwatosin Anwajoye, 45, at Onigari area of Lagos-Ibadan expressway on January 7.

In an interview with the journalists, one of the suspects, a commercial motorcyclist, confessed to be the one supplying the gang members food and other items.

He said that N10,000 was paid to him for each errand he ran for the gang.

The commercial motorcyclist said the kidnappers promised to buy him a new motorcycle after their operation.

(NAN)