By Emma Onuwa
Three policemen who left Lagos for Ogun State for a discreet investigation assignment have been kidnapped in Ogun State by unknown gunmen.
NaijaBlitzNews gathered that the team led by Inspector Oladipo Olayemi were said to have been abducted by some gunmen in Ogun State, who accosted them around 2:30 pm.
But the commercial driver conveying them to the target location escaped the attack.
Sources said the police officers were kidnapped on Thursday at Wasinmi, in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.
It was learnt that the cops arrived Ogun State from Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos State, and formally booked at the Police Division in Wasinmi before leaving for the place of primary assignment but never made it to the location.
It was gathered that the commercial driver, who conveyed the cops escaped by the whisker from the kidnappers.
The Divisional Police Officer in Ewekoro has led his men on search and rescue mission for the missing policemen.
The Ogun State police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident but clarified that only one policeman was abducted.
He added that the police is on the trail of the kidnappers, assuring that the victims would be rescued.
“People were kidnapped, but only one policeman is involved,” he said.
“We are on the trail of the kidnappers. Do you think we are going to keep quiet? We will get them and rescue the victims unhurt,” Oyeyemi said.
DSS nabs soldier hiring and selling guns to kidnappers in Abuja
Operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) have arrested a soldier attached to the Muhammadu Buhari Cantonment in Tungan-Maje in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for allegedly hiring out and selling guns to kidnappers terrorising the City.
It was gathered that the operation that led to his arrest was carried out last week around Dankogi Park in Zuba in collaboration with members of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria in the area.
According to Daily Trust, a vigilante source said that the DSS from Gwagwalada office sought the assistance of the local security group in Zuba to arrest the suspect based on previous arms deal allegations against him.
“It was learnt that the suspect, in the first deal, had allegedly hired out a gun for a kidnap operation for N300,000.
“Then in the second instance, they contacted him for another deal and he demanded N200,000 which the kidnappers allegedly paid, but he failed to produce the gun.’’
The source said when the kidnappers, who have been in the DSS custody, made the allegation against the soldier, a sting operation was planned against him.
“So they contacted him for another deal to supply them with AK-47s to buy at the cost of N3 million.
“We went to the agreed site on the delivery day here in Zuba, and took position. He arrived at the scene in his car to present the arm, and that was the time we came out and caught him with the gun well wrapped.’’
The source further informed our reporter that an AK-47 rifle, as well as a fully loaded magazine with 30 rounds of ammunition, was found inside one of the safe compartments of his car.
“We drove him to our office where a document was signed with the DSS and handed him over to them,’’ the source added.
It was further learnt that army officials from the headquarters in Abuja met the vigilantes in their Zuba office the next day where they took their statement on how the operation was carried out.
I kidnapped my lover to raise money for our wedding — Suspect
A 28-year-old kidnap suspect, Bello Ahmed, has revealed that he kidnapped his lover to raise money for their marriage.
The suspect was arrested along with three others for their alleged involvement in the abduction of one Miss Hannah Queen at Apo Estate, recently.
It was learnt that the principal suspect, Bello, had allegedly conspired with three others Ibrahim Mohammed, 30; Bilyamiyu Mohammed, 30; and Uche Daniel to abduct his lover to raise money for their traditional marriage.
The victim was abducted on March 26, 2022 after a carefully-organized plan by her lover who she met in Dubai.
The four suspects were arrested by operatives of the Force Intelligence Bureau’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
The police said the suspects were arrested for criminal conspiracy and kidnapping over the well-coordinated kidnap.
Their arrest is a sequel to a report filed at the IRT Headquarters at Guzape by one of the victim’s uncles, ACP Yusuf Sanni.
However, in his statement, Bello admitted to organising the abduction of his lover because she had put him under pressure to raise money for their traditional marriage.
He said, “My lover put so much pressure on me to marry her. So, I was forced to kidnap her to raise the money I needed. I regret my involvement in the act as I couldn’t get the money. I expected that I will be paid the ransom.”
The kidnapped victim who is a lawyer and daughter of a renowned diplomat was said to be in a relationship with the suspect who lives in Dubai United Arab Emirates UAE. Also, Bello is a friend to the parents of the victim.
Police investigations revealed that the key suspect had married a wife and had two children in Dubai before relocating to Nigeria.
The investigation also revealed that the suspect had a rented apartment at the aforementioned estate in Abuja upon his relocation to Nigeria based on the relationship.
He was alleged to have brought the other three gang members into the 3-bedroom bungalow apartment three days before the kidnap was arranged by himself when the lady visited him and was relaxing in his living room.
After the criminal gang members took him and his would-be spouse into captivity, he made the victim believe that he had sent N10m to the kidnappers for their release through a fake bank alert, until she discovered the antics and started calling her parents for her release.
The key suspect confessed that they expected a total of N50m as ransom from the parents of the victim so that the gang would get up to at least N10m each.
Further interrogation revealed that Bello had initially planned to marry the lady as a second wife in November 2022, but moved the marriage ceremony forward to July to forestall the possibility of her marriage to a newfound lover.
Exhibits said to have been recovered from the suspects include a hack saw, two masks, one beret cap, one masking tape and one iPhone.
Other exhibits said to have been used by the suspects for the kidnapping and still missing from the house of the key suspect include; three toy guns and an axe.
According to the investigative Police Officer, Sergeant Law Okeke, all the suspects are culpable in the crime as all have made useful statements to aid the police investigations into the crime.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, has directed the police authorities on the imperatives of a diligent prosecution of the matter in the nation’s law courts for justice to be served on all the suspects involved.
Soldier arrested for alleged kidnapping in Abia State
A soldier who said he was serving in Yobe State confessed to the crime of kidnapping.
Other suspects were also seen in the video narrating how they operate and where they came from.
Arms and ammunition such as AK 47-rifles, double barrel guns, live cartridges, AK 47 magazines recovered from the suspects were also displayed.
In May 2022, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Leo Irabor, had condemned the increase in cases of military personnel aiding and abetting terrorists, kidnappers and bandits in the country.
Irabor, in a letter sent to all commanders of various operations, which was exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters, asked them to sensitise their officers to the implication of collaborating with the enemies.
“Recent happenings in various TOOs reveal an increase in cases of aiding and abetting by personnel. This development was revealed in different reports of arrests of military personnel within a short period of time,” the letter signed on behalf of the CDS by one CE Oji had read.
In March, two Nigerian soldiers, Sergeant Alhaji Oloche (05NA/56/1435) and CPL Namo Daniel (09NA/62/1097) attached to the Operation Yaki security outfit in Kaduna State, were arrested for alleged kidnapping.
Also arrested was another soldier attached to Headquarters 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, PTE Danladi Hadau (20NA/79/4219), along with two vigilantes identified as Mustapha Kasim and Ibrahim Mohammed.
They were accused of abducting a resident of Dorayi village in the Zaria Local Government Area of the state, Alhaji Lawal Ahmed on March 3, 2022.
The suspects were arrested while attempting to collect ransom around Dumbi Dutse Road in Zaria.
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