CITY NEWS Po­lice ar­rest 7 sus­pects over new kid­nap­pers’ den

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Opeyemi Ke­hinde and Ma­bel Nwaneri, La­gos

The po­lice yes­ter­day ar­rested seven sus­pects in con­nec­tion with the new kid­nap­pers’ den dis­cov­ered in Ijaiye area of La­gos.

A high­way sweeper, who works with the La­gos State Waste Man­age­ment Author­ity (LAWMA), sim­ply iden­ti­fied as Mrs. Aduke, had raised alarm and no­ti­fied the po­lice fol­low­ing a cry for help from a fe­male voice she heard com­ing from a canal across the LagosAbeokuta ex­press­way two days ago.

La­gos State Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Mr Fatai Owoseni, said de­tec­tives have been de­ployed with more snif­fer dogs and other se­cu­rity gad­gets to as­cer­tain more facts con­cern­ing the in­ci­dent.

“For now, about seven per­sons, who are sus­pected to be us­ing those build­ings as base for rit­u­als, have been ar­rested. We will con­tinue to give it a touch of pro­fes­sion­al­ism and sci­en­tific ap­proach by de­ploy­ing snif­fer dogs that can also pen­e­trate into the canal to see whether we can get ma­te­ri­als to be of ev­i­den­tial value,” Owoseni said.

Our re­porters, who were at the scene of the in­ci­dent yes­ter­day, no­ticed heavy pres­ence of po­lice­men, some of whom were comb­ing the sur­round­ing neigh­bour­hoods and bushes for more sus­pects and ev­i­dence-ma­te­ri­als.

At about 10:00am some young men were seen bar­ri­cad­ing the ex­press road, which re­sulted into heavy traf­fic.

How­ever, fra­cas en­sued be­tween the se­cu­rity per­son­nel sta­tioned at the scene and the youths when they re­fused ap­peal from the po­lice­men to dis­man­tle bar­ri­cade on the road.

Shortly af­ter­wards, se­cu­rity men were seen tear­gas­ing the group. The youths were seen throw­ing stones at the se­cu­rity men. One of the po­lice­men was in­jured in the process as a thrown peb­ble broke his nose.

One of the youth, Akanbi Olaoluwa who spoke to Daily Trust lamented how the po­lice­men have been mo­lest­ing in­no­cent peo­ple since Tues­day adding that some peo­ple were beaten by the po­lice for of­fence they knew noth­ing about.

“Peo­ple are be­ing ar­rested in­dis­crim­i­nately. You can see, many of the shop own­ers have re­fused to open for busi­ness be­cause they are afraid of the con­se­quences of what hap­pened on Tues­day. We are not happy about how the po­lice is han­dling the mat­ter,” he said.

Items re­cov­ered from the cul­vert in­clude clothes, un­der­wears, iden­tity cards and wigs of peo­ple sus­pected to have been vic­tims were seen at an aban­doned house near the canal.

The house was al­legedly used as a hide­out by the sus­pects.

Owoseni fur­ther said in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der­way.

He as­sured res­i­dents that per­pe­tra­tors would be brought to jus­tice in due course. that

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