Police Arrest Family Of Suspected Kidnappers In Osun State

Police, Kidnappers, OsunPolice have arrested a family gang of suspected kidnappers for allegedly abducting a 5-year-old boy in Osun State, southwest Nigeria.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, paraded the suspects at the command headquarters in Osogbo, the state’s capital.

Mr Adeoye disclosed that the boy was said to have been kidnapped on December 22 at Ipetu-ijesha, and was released upon the payment of 550,000 naira ransom by his parents, after five days in the kidnappers’ den.

He said the gang comprised of a mother who claimed to be a prophetess, her daughter and her husband.

According to the Police Commissioner, also in the gang were the younger brother of the prophetess and his pregnant wife with one other suspect at large.

He also paraded a 72-year-old man, Idris Ajao, for being in possession of a human skull purportedly severed from a corpse at a cemetery in Ipetu Ijesa area of the state.

Mr Adeoye said the septuagenarian confessed to the crime and was helping the police with information in order to arrest his abettor.

The suspect, who told reporters that he had once been arrested for the same offence 26 years ago, said he sells a skull for 10,000 naira.

The police boss attributed the successes recorded so far to the resolve of the command to rid Osun State of criminal elements and other illegal activities.

While advising members of the public to be weary of the people around them, he assured them that the command would not relent in its efforts to ensure a peaceful and secured state.

Osun Festival: Police Beef Security To Prevent Alleged Planned Kidnap Of Arugba

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Osun State Commissioner of Police , Mr. Femi Oyeleye.

The Osun State Commissioner of Police , Mr Femi Oyeleye, on Wednesday, assured that the command has beefed up security in the state ahead of the Osun Festival to prevent the alleged plan to kidnap the Votary Maid traditionally known as “the Arugba Osun”.

The CP said this at a press conference in Osogbo, the state capital ahead of the festival which will climax on Friday.

The Arugba is the key figure and the center of attraction during the annual festival as she is believed to be the representative of the Osun goddess.

The CP said the police got some intelligence report on this and the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun barely a day to the grand finale of the festival also reported the plan to kidnap the Arugba to him.

“We have received intelligence report that some people are planning to kidnap the Arugba Osun.

“The monarch of the town also said this. So we have increased surveillance around the Arugba to prevent this. We have reinforced security around the Arugba and even the ‘Igba’ so that the festival can go on without any hitch.

“We are also assuring worshippers and all visitors of adequate security. The crime rate in Osun State is one of the lowest in the country and we will do everything to sustain this.”

Oyeleye warned police officers in the state to desist from extortion and other misconducts, saying he would not allow anyone of them caught to go unpunished.

The CP stated that the he had renewed his drive towards sanitizing the command because this was in line with the directive of the new Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris.

The CP said 29 policemen were undergoing trials at the Provost Office for offences ranging from extortion to dereliction of duty among others.

He said that the report of the trial would be made public in about a month’s time when the trial would have been concluded.

Police Arrest Suspected Osun Banks Robbers

police arrest Osun Bank robbersThe Osun State Police Command has arrested four suspected armed robbers who invaded three commercial banks in Ikirun town in the state.

Items recovered from the suspects include over seven million Naira cash, three AK 47 rifles, 124 ammunition, one assault rifle with 12 rounds of live ammunition and a vehicle.

‎The State Commissioner of Police, Kola Shodipo, said that the police were on the trail of other members of the syndicate at large and urged members of the public to report any suspicious movement.

Shodipo told reporters that the Armoured Personnel Carrier provided to the police by Governor Rauf Aregbesola assisted them in arresting the suspects.

While stating that the age of the suspects ranged between 21 and 26, the Commissioner of Police called for better community policing to engender unity between the police and the people to rid the society of criminals.

Police, Stakeholders Deliberate Effective Policing In Osun

For effective and efficient community policing, there must be mutual understanding between the police and the People, a police official said on Friday.

The Commissioner of Police in Osun, Mr Abubakar Marafa at a stakeholders meeting in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, told stakeholders that the cooperation of residents in the state would help the police deliver better service.

Mr Marafa was addressing a gathering of representatives of Various groups, ranging from Civil society organisations, religious leaders, traditional rulers, medical practitioners, Road transport Workers, Men of the Penat, at the hall at the Osun State Police Command.

The meeting afforded the police an opportunity to rub minds with major stakeholders in the State on issues bothering on security and measures that should be put in place to strengthen the long relationship between the police and the people, as it sought to foster peace.

Mr Marafa, who was Represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr Isaac Akinmoyede, believed that a good police-people relationship would go a long way in combating crime in the society.

He urged the public not to hoard useful information that could help the force in their duties, assuring them that shared information would be treated with full confidentiality.

Different police commands across Nigeria have held such meetings in different states in the last few months, as the nation prepares for a general elections.

It is aimed at ensuring that the general elections are held in a peaceful environment and forestalling violence before, during and after the elections.