The Osun State Police Command has apprehended 8 members of a high profile serial kidnapping gang at Omo Ijesa village in Osun.
This was disclosed in a press statement released by the Police Public Relations Officer of Osun State Command, SP Yemisi Opalola and made available to CRIMECHANNELS on Saturday.
According to SP Yemisi, the Police arrested the suspected kidnappers on May 7, 2021, sequel to credible intelligence the Command received and acted upon in a follow-up on a case of the abduction of a 65 year old named Mrs. Akiishi Catherine in Benue State.
She revealed the names of the suspects as; Orikashima David, Teryange Demenogo, Terngu Tortindi, Anawuese Akough, Mbalumulum Kaorga, Comfort Terdoo, Michael Msendoo, Aondoaseer Terver. She said all the suspects were Tivs from Benue State.
Part of her statement reads, “Police investigations revealed that the suspects relocated to Osun after the kidnap of the woman as a deceptive tactics to avoid arrest by the Police in Benue State. The suspects have also planned to use Osun as a safe haven for the negotiation and collection of ransom even after murdering the woman in cold blood.”
She further said that, “Police investigations also revealed that the suspects have murdered the kidnap victim, Mrs. Akiishi Catherine, in Benue State before relocating to Osun. The suspects also revealed to the Police team how they murdered 3 other victims in their previous operations. The suspects would be handed over to the Benue State Police Command as soon as preliminary investigations are concluded.”
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Ondo State, CP Bolaji Salami, have commended the Police for arresting the serial kidnappers. He also assured the public that no criminal element would be allowed to thrive in Ondo State.
He urged the citizens of the state to assist the Police by providing credible information that could possibly lead to the apprehension of robbers, kidnappers and other criminal elements.