Dis­missed sol­dier, 22 oth­ers ar­rested for rob­bery, kid­nap­ping

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta

MEN of the Ogun State Po­lice Com­mand have ar­rested 23 sus­pects, in­clud­ing a dis­missed sol­dier, for armed rob­bery, kid­nap­ping and mur­der.

The state Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Ken­neth Em­bri­son, who pa­raded the sus­pects at the po­lice head­quar­ters, Elew­eran, Abeokuta, on Tues­day, said they were ar­rested in the first two weeks af­ter the Op­er­a­tion Re­store Hope was launched.

Em­bri­son stated that the com­mand had de­ployed men of the Spe­cial Anti-rob­bery Squad, Anti-kid­nap­ping, Anti-cultism and other spe­cial units across the state to fight crime.

He gave an as­sur­ance of ad­e­quate po­lice vis­i­bil­ity on the high­ways dur­ing and af­ter the fes­tive sea­son.

He added that res­i­dents would be safe from armed rob­bers and other crim­i­nals in the state.

Giv­ing de­tails of the ar­rests, the CP stated that a dis­missed sol­dier, Ade­banjo Bamidele, as well as Matthew Olagoke, Ahmed Ab­dul­lahi and John­son Idowu were ar­rested for plan­ning to launch an at­tack on a bank in Ek­iti State.

He said the men of the IGPSTS mon­i­tored the sus­pects’ con­ver­sa­tions and ar­rested them in Ibadan, Oyo State, while on their way to launch the at­tack.

Em­bri­son added that three lo­cally-made shot guns, 21 live car­tridges, three iden­tity cards, four Au­to­mated Teller Ma­chine cards, seven mo­bile phones and as­sorted charms were re­cov­ered from the sus­pects.

Speak­ing with jour­nal­ists, Bamidele said he was dis­missed from the Nige­rian Army for be­ing ab­sent with­out of­fi­cial leave.

“I served in the mil­i­tary

for six to seven years in Maiduguri be­fore I was dis­missed for go­ing AWOL,” he stated.

Also pa­raded were two sus­pected kid­nap­pers, Has­san Hus­sain and Faruq Saidu, who were also ac­cused of mur­der.

Em­bri­son said the sus­pects were ar­rested fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion re­ceived by men of the SARS about the kid­nap and grue­some mur­der of a seven-year-old boy, Ab­dul­ma­lik Ab­dul-lamidi.

“The kid­nap­ping was or­ches­trated by Faruq Saidu, who is a cousin to the vic­tim, and three other per­sons, whom he con­tacted to col­lect ran­som from his un­cle in or­der to get mar­ried to a third wife,” the CP ex­plained.

Other sus­pects pa­raded for armed rob­bery were Tunji Ogun­yemi, Olumide Ade­sanya, Dare Shoyemi, Dele Lawal, Taoreed Abeeb and Wakil Mus­bau.

Em­bri­son said the sus­pects were ter­ror­is­ing Ijebu-igbo and en­vi­rons.

He stated, “Op­er­a­tives of SARS were de­tailed to un­ravel their hide­out in Ijebu-igbo. Their ef­forts paid off when six mem­bers of the gang were ap­pre­hended and arms and am­mu­ni­tion were re­cov­ered from them.

“One lo­cally-made gun, three live car­tridges and one Toy­ota Camry car were re­cov­ered from them.”

• Bamidele and his gang mem­bers

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