Men of the Oyo State Police Command on Tuesday uncovered a kidnappers’ den at Oyagbe area in Oyo town, where different atrocities are committed.
According to the State Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Katsina, who led journalist to the den on Tuesday, the place had been a deserted hotel belonging to one Olatunji Kabiru who is now in police custody.
He also stated that the men of the state command had arrested five kidnappers in connection with the kidnappers’ hideout.
Katsina while parading the suspects added that a victim Husseni Sani was rescued from the den of the kidnappers in Oyo Town area of the state.
According to him, the kidnappers had come all the way from Benin Republic and moved to Kwara State and finally settled at the Atiba Local Government of Oyo state.
He said:” Today (Tuesday) we are happy to announce that a ground breaking discovery was made yet again and this time in Oyo town where some wicked individuals kidnapped a fellow human for ransom. We have so far arrested 5 people connected with the crime including the hotelier, and the victim Saki Fulani is now in our custody.
The hotelier, Olatunji Kabiru a former counsellor of ward one, Atiba Local Govt of Oyo State, said that the kidnapper had come to him asking for three room for two weeks which he claimed that a deposit of N5,000 was giving to him.
Kabiru said that he was not aware that they were kidnappers and that he got to know about their activities when the police came knocking at his door step.
The kidnapped victim, Hussein Sani, a cattle rearer from Ikoyi Ile, Kajoola Local government in Oyo town, said that he had been kidnapped at Ogbomoso and was fed rice and Coke for 14 days.
He said that the kidnappers had demanded N1million and threatened to kill him and his elder brother if he was unable to pay.
In his reaction, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, thanked the police and other defense agencies for their swift action at clamping down on the suspected kidnappers.
He said that the prompt and assertive move of the police contributed immensely to the discovery of the hideout, adding that community members be more careful in their various activities.
The Nation quoted him as saying: “I thank men of the police and other security agencies, for a job well done for bursting the crimes in this part of the state which is very surprising to us in this area. The prompt actions of the Police contributed to the immense discovery of the kidnappers, I must add that such people should not be allowed to exist in our societies.”
He however, called on the public to always inform the police when they suspect any unholy activities around their environment.
“I have to say at this juncture that it is everybody’s duty to be alert over the happens in their environment and keep the police informed about dangerous activities in their environment,” Alaafin said