The Nation (Nigeria)
Police arrest kidnap suspect dressed in victim’s uniform
IT was the uniform that gave him away. Waliu Oloyede, believed to be among kidnappers who abducted a soldier at the weekend, was later seen in full military gear posing as an officer.
Police in Ogun say he and his gang abducted a Warrant Officer on Friday in the Alagbado area of Lagos State, took him to their hideout and stripped him of his uniform.
On Sunday the suspect was picked up by police in the Odo Pako area of Ota, Ogun State, kitted in a Warrant Officer’s uniform posing as the military man he and his gang abducted, it was said.
Police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi told reporters yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, that the hoodlums collected the soldier’s identity card, his three ATM cards and phone before he escaped from them.
Oyeyemi said the suspect also tried to snatch a dane gun from a vigilante man before he was arrested.
The vigilantes called police and they apprehended the suspect.
“On interrogation, the suspect could not give a satisfactory account of himself and was also unable to give account of how he got the military uniform, or address of the unit where he is serving, hence he was detained for impersonation,” Oyeyemi said.
“While in detention, police got information that it was their victim’s uniform the suspect put on to commit another crime before he was arrested.”
Oyeyemi said Commissioner of Police Edward Ajogun has ordered that the suspect be transferred to the Anti Kidnapping Unit (AKU) of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for further investigation.