NIGERIA Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, has revealed how a serving officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence corps, NSCDC, Adeyemi Kayode conspired with two other persons to kidnap Nigerian oil magnate, Femi Otedola. According to a statement issued yesterday by the Force PRO, DCP Don Awunah, the 29-yearold Kayode, a native of Ojoo in Ibadan, Oyo State, who is serving as a personal assistant to the commandant, NSCDC Oyo State Command, took undue advantage of his office to obtain the GSM number and location of their would-be victim. The civil defender, according to the statement, hatched the plan on how to kidnap the business magnate to make a demand of N1billion ransom. However, the police foiled the attempted kidnap when the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team, IRT, accomplished their task by arresting a three-man notorious kidnap gang on June 23. DCP Awunah said the arrest was achieved through coordinated intelligence gathering and deployment of technical investigative tools that spanned several weeks. The force spokesman said the principal suspect, one Ikechukwu Daniel, a 28-year-old indigene of Imo State who is the mastermind of the gang, was rusticated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, due to his cult related activities on campus in 2009/2010. “He 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. “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.” The Force PRO said 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, 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. “The IGP urges Nigerians to avail the Police with relevant
information that will help in the crusade against crime, as such information would be treated with utmost confidentiality,” the police mouthpiece said.


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