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Amotekun arrests four kidnappers, rescues three victims in Ondo

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A four-man kidnapping syndicate and cattle rearers, who have been terrorising Akure, the Ondo State Capital and its environs, were arrested by the state security network, Amotekun, setting three of the victims free.

The state Commander of the Amotekun Corps, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, while parading the four suspects at the Amotekun state headquarters in Akure, yesterday, said his men swang into action after a distress call.

The suspects are Umar Ali, Abubakar Sidiku, Jamaril Bambo and their ring-leader, Usman Garuba, who hails from Niger State (37 years). They raped one of their victims (names withheld).

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Adeleye, who recounted that the victims were on commercial motorcycles and stopped at a bus-stop to seek shelter from the drenching rain along Oda Road, Akure, on Saturday night.

“While they were there, the kidnappers came and rounded them up. One of them escaped and they left with the three. The kidnappers commenced contact with the victims’ families and started negotiation,” he said.

He noted that the command had been able to break the syndicate “because Garuba claimed to be a leader and confessed to three to four other kidnappings before now.”

MEANWHILE, Garuba has confessed to the crime, saying that he was commissioned to collect ransom from the family of the victims.

He said: “The first kidnap I did, my oga asked me to follow him somewhere to see the work he has. He met the man and he gave him N100,000. We were three. He is a Yoruba man.

“The three victims were not the original target. We missed out on the target. We pounced on the victims so as not to return empty-handed. The Yoruba man always give information on the targets.

“He describes the house to us because he couldn’t follow us. They know him there. When we reached the house, we didn’t see our target and we chose to kidnap the ones at the bus-stop.”

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