The Nigerian Police Force has foiled the attempted kidnap of a Nigerian oil magnate, Femi Otedola.
In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Donald Awunah, on Wednesday, said the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT), accomplished this task when it arrested a three-man notorious kidnap gang on June 23, 2016.
According to him, the arrest was achieved through coordinated intelligence gathering and deployment of technical investigative tools, that spanned several weeks.
The Principal suspect, named Ikechukwu Daniel, a 28 year old indigene of Imo State, who is the mastermind of the gang, was rusticated from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, due to his cult related activities on campus between 2009 and 2010.
Awunah confirmed that he also doubles as the I.T guru of the kidnap gang, with mastery of Computer applications, as he made damning revelations of their criminal exploits in the south west of the country.
Another member of the gang, 29 year old Adeyemi Kayode, is a serving officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and a native of Ojoo in Ibadan, Oyo State.
He serves as a Personal Assistant to the Commandant, NSCDC Oyo State Command, a position which the Police say he took undue advantage of, to obtain the GSM number and location of their ‘would-be’ victim.
According to the force, he hatched the plan on how to kidnap the business magnate to make a demand of one billion Naira ransom.
The third suspect, Ayodele Temitayo, a native of Oyo in Ibadan, Oyo State who is the marksman and armourer of the gang, claimed to have been dismissed from 213 Battalion Maiduguri of Nigeria Army, as a Private in 2015.
All the suspects made confessional statements revealing that they had successfully carried out several high profile kidnappings, while two AK-47 rifles loaded with live ammunition, were recovered from them.
Idris says efforts are currently being intensified to apprehend other members of the gang and extend investigation to their other criminal syndicates.
He therefore re-iterated the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force, to clamp down on all criminal activities across the country and reassures law abiding citizens that criminal elements would be eventually apprehended and charged to court.
The IGP also urged Nigerians to avail the Police with relevant information that would help in the crusade against crime, stating that such information would be treated with utmost confidentiality.