Police have claimed the arrest of a notorious five-man kidnapping gang believed to have operated between Ajah area of Lagos and its close cousin, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state. According to a police report, operatives were tipped-off of the gang’s intention to kidnap an expatriate in Ogun state on 26 February, 2016. The report added that the operatives lay in wait for over 10 hours for the gang to emerge from the hideout, which they did at 12 p.m, around Ijebu-Ode/Benin expressway by Mobalufon. It was at the time that the police team intercepted their car – a white-painted Toyota Camry car, registered number EKY 204 BG – and arrested them. The suspected kidnappers were Godwin Forojoh, aka Baddo, aged 25 years; Dimeji Oluwaseun, aka Legacy, 36; Saheed Bilesanmi, 23; Lucky Peter, 32; and Lucky Oba, aka Kcee, 23. The police said the gang members confessed to previous kidnappings, including one expat and two Nigerians, among who is 80-year- old Modiu Rabiu at Ijebu-Ode. They were also said to have confessed receiving in ransom a total of N14,000,000. Two locally made pistols, six live cartridges and charms were reportedly recovered from them.
Similarly, on 27 February, at 5:30 pm, in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, the police said they arrested one John Nwala, aka UD, who had been on their wanted list for his kidnap and robbery activities. Nwala was picked up at Port-Harcourt Express Road, Ariara Abia State. Also, in Rivers state, the police said they arrested two cult leaders, namely Magnus Atapia, the second in command to Igbudu cult group, and Ndubuisi Gerald, of Icelander. They were apprehended on 28 February, 2016 at 12:45 a.m by a special Police team attached to IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT). Atapia and Gerald were linked to various incidents of kidnappings and murder cases in Ahoada Local Government Area of the state. They were said to have masterminded the killing of one Mrs. Orluete Okpara, and previously led the burning of houses of one Chief Henry Abidhi, Chief Vincent Ede and Inspr. Ifeanyi Ede.