EKITI State Police command has
arrested a 35-year-old escapee from
the prisoner, Mr Olusola Adewale
and two others in connection with
the kidnapping of a 75-year-old
woman, Mrs. Aina Rose.
The two other suspects, who were
being detained at the police
headquarters,in Ado Ekiti
included: Owolabi Ojo, 48 and
Adedayo Popoola, 48.
Mrs. Aina was kidnapped at Ilogbo
Ekiti, Ido/Osi local government area
of Ekiti State last week by suspected
gunmen, of which the trio had
been traced to have allegedly been
connected with the abduction.
However, the Ekiti State Police
Command Anti-Kidnapping Squad,
about 6.30am on Tuesday secured
the release of the abducted woman at
Itaogbolu town in Ondo State.
While parading the suspects
yesterday at the command’s
headquarters, the State Police
Commissioner, Mr Etop James, said
two of the suspects were arrested
at Ita Ogbolu while the hostage’s
driver, who was alleged to have
given clue on how the woman could
be kidnapped, was arrested at Ilogbo
Ekiti.
James described the suspects as
members of the syndicates that have
been terrorising and perpetrating
high profile kidnapping in Edo,
Ondo, Ekiti and Delta States in recent
time.
He said Olusola was one of the
inmates who escaped from the Ekiti
State prison along Afao road during
the November 30, 2014 bomb blast,
culminating in the escape of over 200
inmates.
James, who addressed newsmen
through the Command’s Public
Relations Officer, Mr Alberto
Adeyemi, said two red Golf vehicles
and dangerous weapons, including
cut-to-size pistols, were recovered
from the suspects.
The CP added that the suspects
were arrested after the security
agencies had tracked their
numbers, following which the
anti-kidnapping operatives had
trailed them to Itaogbolu and secured
the hostage’s release.
According to the PPRO, James
disclosed that no ransom was paid
to secure the release of Mrs. Aina’s,
saying it was through the concerted
efforts of his men, who worked day
and night to locate the perpetrators.
He said: “The vehicle seized were
those that had been on our radar
for long. The two vehicles were
used to abduct the Reverend Father,
Emmanuel Akingbade and many
others in recent time.
“We are even very happy that Mrs
Rose Aina had been able to recognize
one of the suspects as being involved
in her kidnap, so we are banking on
these two backgrounds to be able to
prosecute them.”
The Police Commissioner however
lamented lack of useful information
from the members of the public to
enhance operations of the police in
the state.


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