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Confessions of Nabbed Kidnappers of Oyo State Cleric’s Twins


The seven suspected kid­nappers of the two-year-old twins of a famous Ibadan Islamic cleric, Sheik Taofeeq Akewugbagold, were paraded at the police headquarters, Eleyele Ibadan on Monday, May 19.

The police commissioner of Oyo State, while briefing newsmen Olukoku said, “I wish to inform you that in the sensational case of the kidnapping of the two-year-old twins of Alhaji Taofeek Azeez ‘Akewug­bagold’ on April 25, 2020, all the suspects have been arrested with substantial parts of the ransom col­lected, the gun used for the operation, the two operational vehicles, and one motorcycle were also recovered from them.”

“The notorious crimi­nals attacked his wife and subsequently abducted his two-year-old twins to an unknown destination. The criminal assailants later demanded for ran­som of N50 million before the two abducted babies would be released.”

“As soon as the incident was reported at Ojoo Po­lice Station and later transferred to AK Eleye­le/SARS office Dugbe, Ibadan, a team of AKS/ SARS operatives swung into action while concert­ed efforts were intensified to rescue the abducted babies and arrest the per­petrators of the heinous crime. The abducted ba­bies were released unhurt eight days later after their father had parted with an alleged sum of four mil­lion naira only as ransom to the hoodlums.”

The suspected kidnap­pers paraded by the police included Rildwan Taiwo (30), Rafiu Mutiu (35), Olumide Ajala(36), Fatai Akanji (39), Bashiru Mu­hammed (25), Opeyemi Oyeleye (33)and Rafiu Modinat (29), a female member of the gang who was detailed to take care of the babies while in cap­tivity.

Items recovered from the suspects included one locally made cut to size single barrel gun, eighth cartridges, one Nissan MICRA Car with REG NO. JJJ 703 BJ which was used for criminal activities and another Nissan MICRA Car with REG NO NRK 864 the sum of Two million, eight hundred and six thousand naira only (#2,863,000.00) being part of the ransom, an unregistered Motorcycle which was equally used to monitor, execute the opera­tion and buy the abducted babies were all recovered from the hoodlums.”

One of the culprits, an Ibadan-based herbalist, Mutiu Rafiu, narrated to the Oyo State Police Command how he lied to his wife, Medinat, that the twins of an Islamic cleric in Ibadan, Alhaji Taofeek Azeez, popularly called Akeugbagold, whom he and six other suspects had kidnapped and he had brought home, were children of his friends.

Rafiu said he told Medinat that the friend and his wife recently separated and were yet to decide who between them would take custody of the children.

He pleaded that his wife be exonerated from the crime, saying she was innocent.


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