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Police nab Ondo monarch’s abductors, recover weapons

The abductors of a traditional ruler in Ikare Akoko, High Chief Mukaila Bello, who was kidnapped along with three others have been arrested by the Ondo State Police Command.

According to The Punch, the state police command arrested 31 persons allegedly involved in various criminal activities in the state.

The suspects who were allegedly involved in the robbery, kidnapping and murder, among others were said to have been arrested in different parts of the state by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Oyeyemi Oyediran.

They were paraded at the police headquarters at Alagbaka, Akure, on Thursday.

Oyediran said, “On August 4, 2022, around 6.30pm, based on the information received that a gang of kidnappers, numbering about seven, attacked a Toyota Corolla with number plate KAK 818 AE, at Ago-Yeye, along Ikare/Owo Road and four others were kidnapped and held hostage for three days in the bush.

“Upon the receipt of the complaint, men of the anti-kidnapping squad, in synergy with the Oyo State Police Command, swung into action, which led to the arrest of Ilyasu Lawal, 27; Mohammadu Sidi, 26; Garuba Bature, 36; Abubakar Dangy, 20, and Mohammed Mosere, 25.”

He stated that three guns, five live cartridges, two face masks and two jackknives, were recovered from them, while the suspects confessed to the crime.

The commissioner added that his men also arrested a suspect, Babatunde Adeoye, aka Para, believed to be a political party supporter, for allegedly shooting four people at a supermarket.

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