Osun State Command of Nigeria Police, last Tuesday, paraded 15 armed robbery suspects and two suspects,who allegedly kidnapped a 70-year-old woman in Inisha, Odo-Otin Local Government Council Area of the state.
Parading the suspected kidnappers at the state command headquarters, Osogbo, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olusegun Solomon, said some unknown men, numbering about four, stormed the victim’s shop at Inisha and whisked her away to an unknown place in an unidentified vehicle.
The police boss, who was represented by an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), AdeyemiGbola, disclosed that on being alerted, detectives from the state police command worked on a tip-off and arrested one Peter Tominie, of number 57, Airport road, Warri, in Delta State and one FawoleDamilola, of Zone 8,Unity Street, Osogbo.
Mr. Solomon disclosed that the two suspects belonged to a six-man-gang of kidnappers, who demanded for a ransom of N800,000 before the victim could be released.
The police spokesperson added that the same gang was responsible for the kidnap of the foremost Osogbo businessman, Alhaji RafiuOlaiya, sometime in March, 2011.
Olaiya was kidnaped on March 20 and released on March 25.
According to the police officer, the kidnapers were arrested at Gbongan Junction, while trying to pick-up the N800, 000 ransom, paid by the family of one of their victims, Madam Victoria Babatunde.
Other suspects paraded were RasheedOlowoporoku, and MayowaAkinyemi, who were arrested over their alleged role in the murder of one OlatunbosunMafikuyomi, aged 10, on 20th of August, 2011, at Ifetedo, in Ife-South Local Government Council Area of the state.
One of the armed robbery suspects, a 400-level student in one of the nation’suniversity, the police said, confessed to have robbed three persons, including Bishop Samuel Egbebunmi, a US-based Nigerian and one Professor Kuku in Ile-Ife.
The state command however, assured the people of the state of their safety andthat of their properties, saying the harvest of arrest of the suspects, was a confirmation that the command was on top of the security situation in the state.