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February 28, 2024

Alleged kidnap kingpin arrested in Ekiti

An alleged kidnap kingpin, Bummi Ogunremi and his gang, including a vulcanizer allegedly responsible for the abduction of notable people in Ekiti State have been arrested by police. They were said to have been involved in the abduction of a renowned oil dealer, Alhaji Suleiman Akinbami in January, 2021.

Similarly, the criminal gang were allegedly responsible for the abduction of the wife of the former Surveyor General of Ekiti State, Mrs Osalusi Funmilola, one Olowo Bolaji and Abiodun Ajayi, who died as a result of injuries sustained during the kidnap. While Akinbami was picked up at his filling station, Mrs Osalusi was kidnapped at her residence within the vicinity of the petrol dealer’s business premises located along Federal Polytechnic road, Ado Ekiti.

The Command has also placed a N5 million price tag as a reward for anyone with useful information about the whereabouts of one of the criminal gang member at large said to be another kingpin. Addressing journalists during a parade in Ado Ekiti yesterday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Sunday Abutu, said the alleged culprits were arrested on November 6, 2021, at about 4pm, by operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), based on a thorough investigation and tips from members of the public.

Abutu said: “During interrogation, the suspects confessed to be responsible for the kidnapping of one Olowo Bolaji ‘m’ in Ipoti- Ekiti on January29, 2020. They also confessed to have kidnapped one Alhaji Suleiman Akinbami, a petrol dealer, who was kidnapped on January 10, 2021 in Ado-Ekiti. “The suspects stated that they kidnapped one Mrs Osalusi Dapo, the wife of a former Ekiti State Surveyor General sometime this year. The suspects further confessed that their syndicate kidnapped late Chief Abiodun Ajayi earlier this year in Ado-Ekiti who jumped from their vehicle, but later died in the hospital during treatment due to the injuries he sustained. “The suspect said they usually keep their victims in his father’s house, one late Chief Bafon, located at Water Works, Ado-Ekiti and sometimes move them to Ayere Forest in Kogi State before demanding for ransom.

“They also mentioned Samuel Ebira, Jimoh Dele known as Dele Petim, Dayo Igwe and Johnson Okada, who are presently at large as other members of their gang. Concerted effort led to the arrest of one Taiwo Fayoke, who confessed to be their food supplier whenever victims are held hostage.”

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