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    Wednesday, 9 October 2013

    2 university graduates, ex-convict arrested for kidnapping in Lagos

                             By Emmanuel Udom

    The Lagos state police command on Wednesday paraded two university graduates arrested in connection with the kidnap of some children at various parts of Lagos.
    Speaking during the parade, Damasus Ozoani, deputy police public relations officer for the command said that the suspects were arrested based on information received by police officers from Igando police station
    According to Ozoani, on July 9, this year, the station received information that the suspects were living at 12, Olowojeunjeje Street, Igando, Lagos.
    Based on the information, the divisional police officer of the station stormed the house and arrested one Benjamin Faniran Olalekan.
    The case was later transferred to the state anti-robbery squad and the suspect on being drilled by police detectives, confessed that one Gbenga Sholaja and Samson Shomorin, who normally shuttle between  Alagbado area of Lagos   and Owode Ijako in Ogun state were members of the  kidnapping gang.
    Abba Kyari, a superintendent of police and officer-in-charge of SARS on the strength of the confession led a team of operatives to Alagbado and Owode, where the kidnappers were arrested on September 29, 2013.
    The Lagos police deputy spokesman further said that the suspects confessed to kidnapping three children at Omole Phase 1, Kola in Alagbado and the last one in Owode Ijako, Ogun state.
    Speaking however with our correspondent, Olalekan Fanisan lamented that he was a jail bird, who have been jailed on a number of occasions in connection with kidnapping of prominent persons for ransom.
    But, Gbenga Sholaja, 2008 graduate of accountancy from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun state, lamented amidst sobbing that in the first operation, N100,000 was collected as ransom, while his share was a mere N50,000.
    In the second and third operations, N160, 000 and N60, 000 respectively was collected while his n total share was N68, 000.
    In a related development, one Idowu Ajibola was also arrested by police detectives from Area E police command in Festac, Lagos for allegedly kidnapping a 400-level business administration student of Lagos state university.
    Ajibola was arrested on September 19, this year,  where he led police detectives from Festac police station to a blackspot in Shagamu, Ogun state, where the victim, identify as Ebun Idowu, whom police claimed to be the mother of the abductor was also arrested.
     According to the police, the suspected kidnapper camped the victim at Oshogbo in Osun state for six months, Bariga in Lagos for six months and Shagamu in Ogun state for over two years.
    Ajibola, a primary school drop-out who hails from Abeokuta in Ogun state   confessed that he forcefully impregnated the victim, who subsequently bore him a disabled baby girl for him, while in captivity, police told journalists.
    However, Mr & Mrs Brown, parents of the victim were in tears, while explaining the psychological trauma they passed through for three years, saying that they visited churches, mosques, hospital, mortuary and police stations in search of their daughter.

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