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Oyo Police nabs suspected kidnappers of popular Ibadan Cleric’s children



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Oluwatosin Akomolafe

Oyo State Police Command on Monday nabbed and arrested seven suspects over the kidnapping of the twins children of Ibadan popular Muslim cleric, Sheikh Taofeek Akewugbagold.

The suspects were paraded by the Oyo State Police Commissioner, CP, Shina Olukolu at the police headquarters, Eleyele Ibadan.

Also, part of the N4m ransom collected by the kidnappers to free the twins as well as the vehicles used for the operation recovered from the suspects were also paraded before journalists.

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The kidnapping syndicate paraded by the police includes: Rildwan Taiwo,(30) Rafiu Mutiu(35), Olumide Ajala, (36) Fatai Akanji,(39) Bashiru Muhammed (25), Opeyemi Oyeleye (33)and Rafiu Modinat (29).

Modinat, the only female member of gang was said to have been saddled with the responsibility of taking care of the twins while they were in captivity of the kidnappers.

While parading the suspects before journalists, Olukoku said,

”I wish to inform you that in the sensational case of the kidnapping of the 2-year old twins of Alhaji Taofeek Azeez “Akewugbagold” on the 25″ April, 2020. All the suspects have been arrested with substantial parts of the ransom collected, with the weapons used for the operation.

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“The two operational vehicles, and one motorcycle were also recovered from them.”

”The notorious criminals attacked his wife and subsequently abducted his 2-year old twin to an unknown destination. The criminal assailants later demanded for ransom of Fifty Million Naira (N50, 000, 000.00) before the two abducted babies would be released.

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“As soon as the incident was reported at Ojoo Police Station and later transferred to AK Eleyele/SARS office Dugbe, Ibadan, a team of AKS/SARS operatives swung into action while concerted effort was intensified to rescue the abducted babies and arrest the perpetrators of the heinous crime.

“The abducted babies were released unhurt after eight days that their father had parted with an alleged sum of four million naira only (N4,000,000) as ransom to the hoodlums.”


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