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Police arrest family of 6 for operating kidnap syndicate

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Police have arrested a family of six for operating a kidnap syndicate and abducting eight persons within a year.

It was learnt following the investigation of many kidnap cases that occurred in Sagamu in 2020, a clue led to the family’s kidnap syndicate.

In the process, one Oweniwe Okpara, who claimed to hail from Delta state and three of his children Simeone , Bright and Eze were arrested for their roles in the kidnap of eight persons at different times in Sagamu and other areas of Ogun State.

One Christian Ishaha, who harboured them in Ajaka area of Sagamu, was also arrested.

Further investigation revealed three other members of the family Godwin, Godspower and Mathew were the armed squad of the syndicate, while Samson, Bright and Eze Okpara served as spying unit on their targeted victims.

One Emmanuel Joseph, a native of Ebele in Edo state, was later recruited into the fold, having confronted their, sister Eze Okpara, to tell him the source of money they used to count everyday.

The syndicate subsequently opened up to Emmanuel they were into kidnap business and he joined them.

One Okechukwu Onwubiko, who was kidnapped on June 4, 2019, is said to be one of their victims.

They also kidnapped one Omotayo Sobowale on June 16, 2020 while one Lamidi Akeem was abducted on July 20, 2020.

On November 3, 2020, the gang also kidnapped one Mrs. Areoye Olufunke and barely a week after abducted other victims – Mrs. Adijat Adeleye on November 11, 2020 and Ashaye Olayinka Tobi on November 12,, 2020.

Having heard about the arrest of their father and three siblings, Godwin, Godspower and Mathew Okpara escaped to Delta with their operational car and arms.

They were subsequently apprehended by the Delta Police Command after carrying out another kidnap there.

The camp located at a forest in Ayepe-ijebu where their father used to farm was located by policemen and subsequently destroyed.

Ogun Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed these in a release, stated Items recovered at the camp include three expended cartridges, cooking gas, tarpaulin, cooking utensils, women bags and twine.

Abimbola added their arrest was made possible by the Divisional Police Officer for Sagamu Division, Okiki Agunbiade, his detectives team and support of the Sagamu Security Council under Akarigbo of Remo land. [The Nation]


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