Security operatives in Ekiti State have paraded 13 kidnap syndicates terrorizing Ekiti State in the last three months.
The Department of State Service, DSS, Ekiti State Police command, while parading the kidnappers at the DSS office said the suspects include a self made Pastor, Mr. Babatunde Balogun, and two women.
They were said to be the brain behind all the major kidnap cases in the state in recent times since May, 2015.
The DSS and the police command also declared four persons wanted in connection with the kidnappings, urging the public to give useful information on how the culprits could be arrested.
Those on the wanted list are: Kenneth Felix Ozoh, Jonathan Ozoh, Kehinde Adeleye and Sunday Ogunleye, who were accused of being behind the kidnap of a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Dr. Femi Omisore, a priest with Catholic Diocese, Rev Father Emmanuel Akingbade, among other victims who were recently kidnapped within the state.
The security agencies accused Balogun of giving spiritual counseling to the suspected kidnappers and was said to have been sharing from their loots.
Parading the suspects in Ado Ekiti yesterday in the presence of Governor Ayodele Fayose, the DSS State Director, Mr Duke Fubara and the Police Commissioner, Mr Etop James, said the suspects had given confessional statements about their involvement in the criminal activities.
Fubara added that, one Gbenga David, a.k.a Oruma, was accosted by his men in Osun State during the investigation and was shot while attempting to escape the scene and is now receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
He said the efforts became fruitful, following synergy between the DSS and the police, united in the effort to rid the state of crimes and miscreants.
“What we found with the composition of these suspects was that some of them were members of the inmates that escaped during the November 30, 2014 jailbreak in Ekiti.”
Also speaking, the CP said the anti-kidnapping squad of the Command was working round the clock to prevent the resurgence of kidnapping in the State.
The Governor, who lauded the security agencies for the gallantry, lamented that Ekiti had been in turmoil since last year’s jailbreak in Ado-Ekiti, urging the security operatives to step up efforts on the need to bring the escapees back to prison.
“Ekiti has been under great torment since last year’s jailbreak incident but we want you to beam your searchlights on the neighbouring states like Delta , Osun and Ondo States because we had the trace that people used to come from outside to train our people here in kidnapping and make use of them.”

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