Police Arrest Kidnapper of Students, Staff of NTIC, Recover Ransom Money

One of the suspected kidnappers of three pupils and five officials of the Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC), Ogun, has been arrested.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone II, Kayode Aderanti, disclised this on Wednesday during an interaction with journalists.
According to him, the police would make some shocking revelations on the matter in a couple of days.
The AIG denied knowledge of the payment of N50 million, insisting that the kidnappers succumbed to superior pressure from the police.
Aderanti said the kidnappers gave up after they realised that their identities were known by policemen, adding that some of their relatives were held to pressure them into releasing the victims.
The eight students and two staff, who were abducted on January 13, 2017, regained their freedom, Tuesday night.
They were released about 7.30pm Tuesday. Available information had it that parents parted with between N4m and N10m each to secure the release of the students and staff.
The Police had Tuesday morning assured apprehensive parents and relatives of the victims, that their wards would be released within 24 hours.
This assurance was not unconnected with the move of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to personally take over the rescue operation of the victims and subsequent apprehension of those behind it.
As at Tuesday, Aderanti visited Ogun State. Shortly after leaving the Ota farm of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, he told newsmen that the police were closing in on the kidnappers, adding that the zonal command was doing all it could to rid Ogun and Lagos states of criminals.
He said : “We are working assiduously towards getting the children back. In a matter of 24 hours or there about, they will be out. Just give us sometime, we are working seriously on them.
“My visit here is to let them know that I am here to put in my best, to support the structure on the ground, to work closely with my Com
missioners of Police, who have been doing a hell of a job and to ensure we put up a very good security architecture in Ogun state such that everybody will go about his or her duty without fear”

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