Operatives of Ogun State Police Command have arrested four men in connection with the abduction of a 13-year-old girl in the Onipanu area of Ado Odo-Ota Local Government Area of the state.
The Command in a statement said the suspects were arrested following a complaint lodged at the Onipanu Police Station by one Adejunwon Odunowo.
Adejunwon reported that his daughter, Susan Odunowo, who was sent on an errand by her mother at about 6:30 p.m on May 6, 2021 did not return home.
The police said the suspects, John Nelson, Adeleke Ayotunde, Adekunle Basit and Abey Fagbemi, called Adejunwon, demanding the sum of N500,000 if he wanted to see his daughter again.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), CSP Bamidele Job, notified his crack detectives to embark on intelligence and technical-based investigation to arrest those behind the abduction of the girl.
DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the police spokesman said the detectives successfully traced one of the suspects to the Cele area of Ota, where he was apprehended. He led the police to the room owned by one Adekunle Basit where the girl was kept.
Two other members of the criminal gang were arrested.
“Detectives swiftly moved and rescued the victim unhurt. The leader of the gang, Abbey Fagbemi, who took to flight immediately he heard of the arrest of his gang members, was later arrested about 7:30 a.m on Monday. The victim has since been reunited with her family,” Oyeyemi said.
Oyeyemi added that the Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the anti-kidnapping section of the state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation and prosecution.