The Oyo State Police Command on Monday paraded a couple and five other persons who confessed to the recent kidnap of twins of a popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Taofeek Akeugbagold.
The Oyo Commissioner of Police, Mr. Shina Olukolu at a press conference held at the Command’s headquarters Eleyele- Ibadan, said the suspects in the sensational case of the kidnapping of 2-year old twins of the cleric, were arrested with substantial parts of the ransom collected with gun used for the operation; the two operational vehicles and one motorcycle recovered from them.
Olukolu tagged the arrest of seven armed robbers cum kidnappers as a syndicate, terrorising members of the public within Ibadan metropolis and other parts of Oyo State.
He said, “the notorious criminals attacked Sheikh Taofeek Akeugbagold’s wife and subsequently abducted his young twins to an unknown destination. The criminal assailants later demanded for ransom of N50million before the two abducted babies would be released.
“As soon as the incident was reported at Ojoo police Station, and later transferred to AKS Eleyele/SARS office Dugbe, Ibadan, a team of AKS/SARS operatives swung into action while concerted efforts was intensified to rescue the abducted babies and arrest the perpetrators of the heinous crime.
“The abducted twins were released unhurt eight days later after their father had parted with an alleged sum of N4million as ransom to the hoodlums.
“Consequent upon this, the investigating team embarked on a painstaking detailed discreet investigation and traversed several States including Adamawa and Sokoto and in the process, the following members of the notorious armed robbery cum kidnapping syndicate who later identified themselves as Rilwan Taiwo; Rafiu Mutiu; Olumide Ajala; Fatai Akanji; Bashiru Mohammed; Opeyemi Oyeleye and Rafiu Modinat, the only female member of the gang who was detailed to take care of the babies while in captivity, were all arrested in their respective hideouts in connection with the crime,” he added.
Exhibits found on them were one locally made single barre; eight cartridges; two Micra cars; an unregistered TVS motorcycle and cash sum of N2,863,000.