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Ogun police storm kidnappers’ hideout, rescue victim, arrest suspect

By Bukky Olajide, Abeokuta
26 September 2022   |   4:00 am
Operatives of Ogun State Police Command have invaded the hideout of kidnappers who have been terrorising Kara Bridge end of Lagos-Ibadan expressway and arrested a member of the gang, while a victim, Sheu Anafi was rescued unhurt.

Operatives of Ogun State Police Command have invaded the hideout of kidnappers who have been terrorising Kara Bridge end of Lagos-Ibadan expressway and arrested a member of the gang, while a victim, Sheu Anafi was rescued unhurt.

Men of the Command took the battle to the door-step of the hoodlums following a report lodged at Warewa Divisional headquarters by a commercial driver, who reported that while he was coming from Ilorin in his Ford commercial car marked: LRN 596 ZY, loaded with seven passengers, on getting to the long bridge, there was traffic jam, which made him to drive through the untarred access road, beside the bridge.

While driving through the said access road, they were attacked by some unknown gunmen, which caused all the passengers to run in different directions into the nearby bush.

But when they all regrouped to continue their journey, it was discovered that one of the passengers, 62-year- old Alhaji Sheu Anafi from the Okeleele area of Ilorin had been abducted by the hoodlums.

Upon the report,  the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Warewa division,  Abdul Fatai Ogunsanya, led a joint operation, consisting men of the Command’s tactical team, local vigilantes, So safe corps and Oodua People Congress (OPC) men, for bush combing in search of the abducted man.

Their efforts yielded positive result when the hideout of the kidnappers was located and the security operatives engaged them in a gun battle.

At the end of the encounter, one of the kidnappers Ibraheem Abubakar, who claimed to have come from Sabungan-Bompai road, Kano State, was arrested, while others escaped with gunshot injuries, and the victim,  Sheu Anafi was rescued unhurt.

The suspect has confessed to being a member of a seven-man gang,  terrorising the stretch of the long bridge in recent times.

MEANWHILE, Ogun State Commissioner of Police,  Lanre Bankole,  has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for discreet investigation.

The CP also appealed to members of the public, especially hospitals to inform the police, if anybody with gunshot injury is seen in their area.