Police arrested sixteen Herdsmen for kidnapping WAEC officials in Oyo State
The Oyo State Police arrested sixteen herdsmen, who kidnapped officials of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Kishi area of the state.
At the Press briefing which took place at Command headquarters on Thursday, the State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude said that suspects were caught by the police in collaboration with the local vigilante in an operation that lasted 10 days.
The State CP(Abiodun Odude) disclosed that they were recruited from Zamfara State by a kingpin who is also from Zamfara. He is still being wanted by the police after he escaped arrest.
Odude said, “the gang kidnapped many people and killed some of them, with huge ransom collected before they released some of their victims.”
“A deadly dare devil murderous itinerant armed robbery and kidnap gang had been terrorizing the peaceful town of Kishi, Igboho, and Igbeti in Oyo State, killing innocent victims after dispossessing them of their valuables,” he said.
“The hoodlums, numbering about 25, who are mainly herdsmen, were recruited by one Kire, a notoriously armed robbery kingpin from Zmfara State. They hide their victims in their seemingly impregnable fortress at the Old Oyo National Park for some days before freeing them after collecting huge ransom from their distraught and helpless family members.
“Working with the local vigilante in the area, the police, after receiving a report about the gang’s activities, busted the gang and three suspected members arrested.
“They are Mohammed Kote, 25; Mohammad Legi, 26 and Kire Babuga, 20. They were arrested in their criminal hideout along Kishi/Igboho road and inside the Old Oyo National Park, Igbeti.”
The state Commissioner of Police said the Police arrested sixteen herdsmen on this mission and other members are still at large.