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Police smash 12-man kidnapping gang tormenting travelers on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Oyo State Police Command has arrested 12 suspects allegedly responsible for cases of kidnaping at Onigari in Oluyole Local Government Area, located along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, paraded the suspects at the Command’s Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan, on Thursday, February 2, 2022.

Onadeko said the command immediately deployed its intelligence and tactical assets following increasing incidences of kidnapping on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

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The CP revealed that the deployment led to the arrest of one Maku-Maku (alias), a suspected member of the kidnaping syndicate that had been unleashing terror on travellers on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

She said upon Maku Maku’s arrest on Jan. 14, further investigations have also led to the arrest of other suspect while some were still on the run.

According to Onadeko, the suspects confirmed their involvement in kidnapping operations that led to the death of one Oluwatosin Anwajoye, at Onigari area of Lagos/Ibadan expressway on Jan. 7.

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While answering questions from journalists, the food supplier of the gang, also a commercial motorcyclist, said he was paid N10, 000 for each errand he ran for the gang.