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.