Suspected kidnappers of a woman
said to be the wife of erstwhile Petroleum
Minister, Professor Tam David West, Taye, and
those who abducted the female broadcaster with the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Mrs
Bunmi Oke, were among the 64 suspects
paraded, yesterday, by the police in Ondo State.
Parading the suspects in Akure, the Police
Commissioner, Patrick Dukumor, said in all, 47
robbery suspects including a 300-level
Accounting student of the University of Ado Ekiti, Oladejo Olalere, 22, and five cultists were
arrested within the last two months.
“The kidnappers collected a ransom of N3
million from the families of the former minister’s wife while those of the NTA staff paid N1million before their relations were set free,” the CP said.
Giving details of how Taye was kidnapped,
Dukumor said “Seven kidnappers invaded the
residence of the former minister’s wife in
Aiyedun area of Akure metropolis and abducted
her but were arrested in Owo area of the state.
On the kidnap of the NTA staff, the Police chief
said detectives traced the abductors to Edo
State where one Michael Onaibre was arrested
with the nursing mother’s blackberry phone.
While saying that other kidnappers still at large
would soon be arrested, Dukumor added that
those in police custody will soon be arraigned.
Dukumor added that 54 different types of arms
and ammunition and four different types of
vehicles were recovered from the suspects.
A Higher National Diploma, HND, holder,
Akinjide Daniel, and two others who hacked into
a bank’s website through which they sent fake
bank alert to a car dealer from whom Daniel
fraudulently purchased a car of N1.6 million in
Akure was also paraded.
Akinjide who was later arrested in Lagos said he
hacked into the bank’s website using his laptop.
The police commissioner said the suspected car
snatchers among those paraded were arrested in Army barracks following a tip off that they used to drive the snatched cars there and after a week or so, drive them out to car dealers in
According to Dukumor, “one Honda Accord car
with number plate SQ147AAA was stolen from
one Adebayo Oluwajemiluyi but later recovered
after it had been re-painted and re-registered as KSF154BC.
The Police chief said many of the snatched cars
were sold to dealers who in turn sold them to
unsuspecting buyers across the country.
He, however, assured that the war against crime
and criminality in the state was a continuous
process and required the collaborative efforts of
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