An attempt to kidnap a Nigerian oil magnate, Femi Otedola, has been foiled by the Nigeria Police Force.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP)’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) accomplished the task when it arrested a three man notorious kidnap gang.
The arrest was achieved through coordinated intelligence gathering and deployment of technical investigative tools that spanned several weeks.
The principal suspect, one Ikechukwu Daniel, a 28 year old indigene of Imo State, who is said to be the mastermind of the gang, was allegedly rusticated from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria due to cult related activities on campus in 2009/2010.
Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah said Ikechukwu also doubles as the IT guru of the kidnap gang with mastery of Computer applications. He made damning revelations of their criminal exploits in the South West of the Country.
Awunah said another member of the gang, 29 year old Adeyemi Kayode, a serving officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence corps and a native of Ojoo in Ibadan, Oyo State serves as a Personal Assistant to the Commandant, NSCDC Oyo State Command. The suspect took undue advantage of his office to obtain the GSM number and location of their would be victim. He hatched the plan on how to kidnap the business magnate to make a demand of one billion naira ransom.
According to him, the third suspect, Ayodele Temitayo, a native of Oyo in Ibadan, Oyo State who is the marksman and armourer of the gang, claimed to have been dismissed from 213 Battalion Maiduguri of Nigeria Army as a Private in 2015.
FPRO said, all the suspects made confessional statements revealing that they had successfully carried out several high profile kidnappings and two AK47 rifles loaded with live ammunition were recovered from them.
While efforts are currently being intensified to apprehend other members of the gang and extend investigation to their other criminal enterprise, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, wishes to restate the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to clamp down on all criminal activities across the country and reassures law abiding citizens that criminal elements would be eventually apprehended and charged to court.