Three suspects of the kidnapping gang allegedly responsible for the abduction of several funeral guests along the Benin-Ifon route last weekend have been arrested by agents of the Ondo State Security Agency, codenamed Amotekun.
The suspects Shaibu Dolo, Saidu Yinusa and Haruna Musa were apprehended in their camp between the states of Edo and Ondo, according to the Amotekun Commander in the state, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, who spoke while parading the three suspects.
Scores of funeral guests were abducted on Saturday while traveling from Ewatto in Edo state to Akure on the Benin-Ifon highway.
The kidnappers demanded between N3m and N10m as ransom to secure the release of each of the victims.
The three suspects, according to Adeleye, admitted to the crime but denied being involved in the kidnapping of the burial guest, claiming that they were solely in charge of providing food and charging phones at the camp.
With measures to restrict criminal activities in border communities in Ondo State, Adeleye, said the corps has collaborated with other security agencies in bordering states, particularly Edo and Kogi states to jointly combat criminals, particularly kidnappers.
“We arrested some members of the kidnapping gang that were arrested along the Ose/Owo axis where we had a recent kidnap.
“We tracked the phones that were being used by the kidnappers and we met them around the tracking area but they told us that their leader ran away.
“They explained that their own job is to buy food and charge the phones in the camp but we are still working towards the arrest of others and I can assure you that the criminals will be arrested in no time.”