Six herdsmen who allegedly kidnapped a female Police Inspector and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) official have been arrested by detectives from Zone 2 Police headquarters in Lagos.
The suspects were also accused of abducting another two business men in Ogun and Oyo States respectively.
The suspects who claimed to be indigenes of Ogun and Kwara States respectively, include Adamu Saliu, 25; Ibrahim Mohammed, 33; Abubakar Sadiq, 24; Tambaye Mohammed, 25; Adamu Sulaiman, 38, and Akanni Musa.
Parading the suspects at the Police Zone 2 headquarters at Onikan, Lagos, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), in-charge of Lagos and Ogun States, Ahmed Iliyasu, revealed that the kidnap gang comprised three different groups of young men, had records of kidnappings and killings in the Southwest zone.
Iliyasu alleged that the suspects recently kidnapped the serving policewoman and the NSCDC operative and collected ransom before setting them free.
According to him, it was discovered during interrogation that the suspects mounted a road block on the Ayetoro-Abeokuta road on May 4, 2020 at about 5.25pm, into which the policewoman ran into before she was kidnapped
“While they were manhandling her, the driver of a car coming behind attempted to escape their onslaught but paid with his life”.
He said, “These heartless animals in human skin targeted the driver and opened fire on him. Sadly, their bullets hit him and he died.
“The other female occupant of the vehicle and the woman Inspector were kidnapped and taken into a forest for three days before they were released after their relatives paid ransoms.
“In the case of the NSCDC official, identified as Are, he kept some cattle in the custody of one of these boys to graze.
“It was this employee of his that gave him out to the gang. He was kidnapped on his way to the farm at Eggua, in Yewa North Local Government, Ogun State.
“He was held in captivity for three days in the forest before he regained his freedom on the payment of a N3 million ransom,” the AIG said.