SUSPECTED kid-nappers of a woman said to be the wife of erstwhile Petroleum Minister, Professor Tam David West, Taye, and those who abducted the female broadcaster with the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Mrs Bunmi Oke, were among the 64 suspects paraded, yesterday, by the police in Ondo State.
Parading the suspects in Akure, the Police Commissioner, Patrick Dukumor, said in all, 47 robbery suspects including a 300-level Accounting student of the University of Ado Ekiti, Oladejo Olalere, 22, and five cultists were arrested within the last two months.
“The kidnappers collected a ransom of N3 million from the families of the former minister’s wife while those of the NTA staff paid N1million before their relations were set free,” the CP said.
Giving details of how Taye was kidnapped, Dukumor said “Seven kidnappers invaded the residence of the former minister’s wife in Aiyedun area of Akure metropolis and abducted her but were arrested in Owo area of the state.
On the kidnap of the NTA staff, the Police chief said detectives traced the abductors to Edo State where one Michael Onaibre was arrested with the nursing mother’s blackberry phone.
While saying that other kidnappers still at large would soon be arrested, Dukumor added that those in police custody will soon be arraigned.
Dukumor added that 54 different types of arms and ammunition and four different types of vehicles were recovered from the suspects.
A Higher National Diploma, HND, holder, Akinjide Daniel, and two others who hacked into a bank’s website through which they sent fake bank alert to a car dealer from whom Daniel fraudulently purchased a car of N1.6 million in Akure was also paraded.
Akinjide who was later arrested in Lagos said he hacked into the bank’s website using his laptop.
The police commissioner said the suspected car snatchers among those paraded were arrested in Army barracks following a tip off that they used to drive the snatched cars there and after a week or so, drive them out to car dealers in others states.
According to Dukumor, “one Honda Accord car with number plate SQ147AAA was stolen from one Adebayo Oluwajemiluyi but later recovered after it had been re-painted and re-registered as KSF154BC.
The Police chief said many of the snatched cars were sold to dealers who in turn sold them to unsuspecting buyers across the country.
He, however, assured that the war against crime and criminality in the state was a continuous process and required the collaborative efforts of all.