Police in Lagos have arrested a mother and her two sons who allegedly lured their victims with job promises to kidnap them. The suspects – 60-year-old Aminat Karimu Ajibola (mother), her two sons, Akeem Bashiru (32) and Ojo Solomon (26) – were apprehended at No.15, Irepodun Street, Egan, Igando, Lagos.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Chike Oti, said the family was a band of kidnappers, who thrived by using the social media to lure out their victims and put them in captivity until ransom was paid. Oti said that the trio met their waterloo when a lady, Ms. Bridget Obazee, approached the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Igando Police Division, CSP Taiwo Kasumu, on Friday and complained to him that her brother, Osahon Obazee, had been missing for days. He added: “Bridget said the kidnappers were threatening to kill her brother unless they pay N1,500,000 ransom.
She added that they warned her not to involve the police else her brother would be killed. The DPO quickly contacted the Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal, who reinforced his team with men drafted from the Intelligence Unit of the command and together, they left in search of the victim. “Same day, about 11p.m., through discreet investigation, the suspects – Aminat, a chief priestess and custodian of an Ifa shrine, her two sons – were arrested at the aforementioned address. “Also rescued during the operation were two other victims found in the apartment – Fadugbagbe Akindele, male, of No.7 Peace Crescent, Salolo, Meiran, Lagos and Ekwegbalu Augustine, who was lured all the way from Anambra State with the promise of a job placement in an oil company.”
The PPRO said the victims had been held for weeks by the kidnappers pending payment of ransom by their families. Oti added that all those rescued had been identified and reunited with their relations. The police spokesman said during interrogation, the youngest member of the family of kidnappers, Solomon, confessed that he was able to lure out the victims with the promise of getting them an employment and to some, a gay relationship. “His mother empowers him and his brother spiritually. She uses the charms (juju) to intimidate and instil fear in their victims,” Oti added.
The PPRO said that Edgal hoped that by this feat and several others in the past, criminals ought to have seen how futile it was to carry out their trade in any part of the state no matter how far flung the area might be. He said: “CP, therefore, warns that criminal elements in the state should either repent or be busted as Lagos is no hibernation ground for criminals. He (Edgal) thanks the good people of Lagos state for their cooperation by way of giving the police credible and timely information.”
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