Two Kidnappers of Lagos Monarch Arrested

Two members of the gang that kidnapped Oniba of Iba, Oba Goriola Oseni, have been arrested.
They were arrested on Saturday during the rescue operation of the monarch.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, while parading the two suspects on Sunday, said the sustained pressure and hot chase given to the kidnappers led to the rescue of the monarch and arrest of the duo.
The Commissioner said: “We have always reiterated that it is not about whether ransom was paid or not. If it is about ransom, suspect will not be arrested and what I will say is that the pressure by the Lagos Command and the Special Response Team of the Inspector General of Police from Abuja, the combined efforts and pressure paid off and the most important thing is that Kabiyesi is in his palace.”
The Commissioner added that the monarch was hale and hearty as at the time of his rescue, saying that he met personally with the monarch and debriefed him on his state of health.
Besides, Owoseni debunked insinuation that the state government abandoned the monarch to his fate during the period of the ordeal.
He said: “As to whether the State Government did something or not, if you are seeing suspects being paraded, the security agencies are apparatus of government and that is to say that the government has worked very hard in order to get Kabiyesi liberated.
“What we want to do is to also thank and appreciate the calmness and the understanding of the family who in the process of getting Kabiyesi out of the hands of the kidnappers have been very cooperative with us in order for us to get Kabiyesi out hale and hearty.
“No matter the amount of money that is put to fund security, the United States has all it takes, France has all it takes but till tomorrow, you are still hearing of people being killed in Malls or whatever.
“In France, some people went to church to go and kill a priest, so there is no society that you can completely eradicate crime. But for you to know, the logistics and wherewithal that the government has given all the security agencies in the State also contributed to the arrest that has been made.
“All I want to say is that criminals should also know that whatever has been done, they will not go unpunished. As of now, investigation is still on and you can be assured that all the people that took part in that operation will be arrested and they will face the full wrath of the law. We will not reveal much so as not to jeopardize ongoing investigation,” the Commissioner said.
Speaking with journalists, the two arrested suspects said nine people were involved in the operation that led to the kidnap of the monarch.
The two suspects, Isaiah Ododomu and Toba Forejo, said they were involved in illegal oil bunkering but were stopped from the business due to the renewed efforts of government against them, adding that they were arrested on Saturday at Iyana School in Lagos.
Narrating how the attack was carried out, Ododem said: “I was involved in illegal bunkering. As this government stopped bunkering, our leaders arranged another group and this mission of the new group was to start kidnapping and use it to manage ourselves since we can’t do oil bunkering again. I am a married man, I don’t have any job to do. We used to do security for those main guys and anytime they make about N500,000 they will give us like N20,000.”
Meanwhile, Ododomu confessed to journalists that his gang received N15.1 million ransom in two tranches.
Ododomu said that they received an initial ransom of N12 million and a subsequent ransom of N3.1 million.
He, however, failed to mention who gave them the amount, where and when.

Author: News Editor

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