Turkish School Kidnap: Police Parade Four Suspects

Turkish School Kidnap: Police Arrest Four SuspectsThe Police in Nigeria have paraded four suspects in the kidnap of five students and three members of staff of the Turkish International School and recovery of 1,200,000 Naira ransom.

Parading the suspects at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh said the four suspects were arrested at various locations in Delta, Ogun and Lagos states.

According to Police Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, in an earlier statement, the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT), working in synergy with the Tactical Intelligence Unit (TIU) of the Nigeria Police Force, in a joint operation supervised by AIG Kayode Aderanti, AIG Zone 2, Lagos successfully smashed the gang.

He affirmed that the four arrested persons were “active members” of the gang responsible for the kidnap for ransom of the five Turkish School children and their teachers in Ogun State on January 13, 2017.

“In the course of investigation into the dastardly crime, three suspects namely Joel Kakadu aka ‘General Kakadu’ a militant leader; Romeo Council aka ‘Raw’ and Totki Okoda who lives in the fishermen’s community behind the school and provided information about the victims to his gang, were trailed and arrested at different locations in Delta, Ogun and Lagos states respectively, for the criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime.

“Further investigation and sustained pursuit of the matter by the Intelligence Response Team, led to the arrest of Bekewei Agbojule aka ‘Prince Yellow’, a principal suspect and one of the key members of the gang on the 25th January, 2017, at about 0700hrs in the morning.

“The suspect, who is an Ijaw from Arogbo town in Ondo State was arrested after he came out of the creeks to enjoy his loot.

“One million two hundred thousand naira (#1,200,000), his share of the ransom, was recovered from him,” the Police PRO stated.

Turkish School Kidnap: Police Arrest Four Suspects

He stated further that the four suspects have confessed to the crime, volunteered useful statements to the investigators and are cooperating with the Police.

“Concerted efforts are being made to arrest the remaining suspects who are at large. All the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has again assured Nigerians that the Nigeria Police “will continue to work assiduously to prevent crime and eliminate the fear of crime”, so as to guarantee adequate security and safety of lives and properties across the country.

The Police further restated its commitment to ensuring that “crimes that cannot be prevented are promptly detected and perpetrators prosecuted to serve as deterrent to prospective criminals”.

The Police boss urged citizens to be law abiding and continue to support the Police in their various localities.

The five staff and three students of the Turkish school now called Tulip International School, located in the Isheri area of Ogun State, who were abducted from their school premises, were released on Tuesday, January 24, after 11 days in captivity.

Kidnapped Turkish School Students, Teachers Released

Kidnapped Turkish School Students, Teachers ReleasedThe five staff and three students of the Tulip International School, located in the Isheri area of Ogun State, who were abducted from their school premises by gunmen have been released after 11 days in captivity.

Confirming the release to Channels Television, the Assistant Inspector General of Police In charge Of Zone 2 Lagos, Kayode Aderanti, explained that the victims were released by their abductors at about 8:35PM on Tuesday through the bush path behind the school compound in Isheri, Ogun State.

A visit by Channels Television to the school compound met resistance as some members of staff denied our correspondent access.

A member of the management team who would not want to be named hinted that all the victims had regained their freedom and have been taken to the hospital for medical check-up.

One of the parents had earlier told Channels Television that ransom worth millions was paid through a negotiator and the gunmen gave the assurance that the victims would be released.

Meanwhile, some key members of the gang and their informant have been arrested by the Police.

The Kidnap

Gunmen invaded the school, formerly known as Turkish International School, on the night of Friday, January 13 in a white pick-up van and took the students and the teachers away.

Men of the Nigeria Police and the anti-kidnapping team of the Ogun State Police Command, have since then been on the trail of the abductors.

The state government also assured parents, guardians and relatives of students and staff of the school of prompt action to ensure safe and immediate release of the kidnapped students and staff.

Barely two days after the incident, the kidnappers demanded 1.2 billion naira ransom for the victims to regain their freedom.

Channels Television gathered that the abductors reportedly called a family member of one of the victims on Sunday to make the demand.

Ray of Hope

In what seemed like a ray of hope, news emerged three days later that Police had arrested one of the three leaders of the armed gang that kidnapped the students and their teachers.

A reliable Police source confirmed to Channels Television that the suspected leader, Phillip Joel Kakadu, also known as “General Kakadu” was arrested by men of the Intelligence Response Team in Warri, Delta State where he had come to spend his loot.

Kakadu was alleged to have confessed to possessing about twenty five AK-47 rifles with five of his boys among the 16-man gang that operated in the Turkish school on Friday.

However, friends and families of the abducted had to continue hoping that the said arrest would lead to the release of their loved ones. This they had to endure for another six days.

Members of staff abducted alongside the students included three Nigerians and two Turkish nationals.

The students, two from the Junior Secondary School and the third in Senior Secondary, were said to have been part of a moral instruction class when they were taken.

According to staff of the school, the gunmen gained entrance through the back fence of the school, escaping through the swamp.

The unfortunate incident occurred on the 9th anniversary of the school.

It came barely three months after gunmen invaded Lagos Model College in Epe and kidnapped four students, a vice principal and a teacher from the school.

Police Arrest Turkish School Kidnapping Suspect

nigerian-turkish-international-collegePolice have arrested one of the three leaders of the armed gang that kidnapped eight persons including students at the Nigerian Turkish International School recently in Isheri, Ogun State.

A reliable police source confirmed to Channels Television that the suspected leader, Phillip Joel Kakadu, also known as “General Kakadu” was arrested by men of the Intelligence Response Team in Warri, Delta State where he had come to spend his loot.

Kakadu was alleged to have confessed to possessing about twenty five AK-47 rifles with five of his boys among the 16-man gang that operated in the Turkish school on Friday.

He is said to have confirmed other leaders who are with the victims were from creeks in Lagos and Ogun. He named one General Agbala, whom he said had about 30 boys and General O. C. with over a hundred boys, whom he said was the overall leader of the kidnapping ring.

The students and officials of the school were taken on January 14, with kidnappers demanding for a 1.2 billion Naira ransom for the victims to regain their freedom.

Channels Television gathered that the abductors reportedly called a family member of one of the victims on Sunday to make the demand.

Five staff members and three students of the school were kidnapped by gunmen from the school premises in Isheri area of Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

Reps Ask FG To Declare State Of Emergency On Kidnapping

House of Representatives, Reps, KidnappingThe House of Representatives says concrete action must be taken to check the spate of kidnapping in Nigeria.

The lawmakers made the call for a state of emergency to be declared on kidnapping on Wednesday after a debate on a motion of urgent national importance on the need to declare a state of emergency on kidnapping across the country.

The motion was raised by a member of the House from Ondo State, Representative Babatunde kolawole and supported by some of his colleagues including; Ado Dogowa, Emmanuel Orker-Jev and Adam Jagaba.

After deliberations on the issue on the floor of the House in Abuja, lawmakers unanimously agreed that the crime had taken an alarming dimension with the kidnapping of school children.

The House called for a security summit that would fashion an effective response to the kidnapping phenomenon.

They said some committees of the House, telecom service providers and all security agencies would take part in the summit.

The lawmakers are making the move after four students, the principal and his vice were kidnapped at the Lagos State Model College in Igbo Nla in Epe area of the state.

They were kidnapped while on the assembly ground on Thursday, October 6.

The kidnappers had demanded 100 million Naira ransom for the victims to regain freedom before the six kidnapped victims were released on Tuesday, October 11.

Some states in Nigeria had established laws that prescribes capital punishment for persons found guilty for kidnapping.

Lagos School Kidnap Victims Regain Freedom

School KidnapInformation reaching us has it that the six kidnapped victims from the Lagos State Model College, Igbo – Nla in Epe Area of Lagos have been released by their abductors.

The victims are four students, the school principal and his vice kidnapped while on the assembly ground on Thursday, October 6.

The men, alleged to be heavily armed, were said to have invaded the college and whisked away the victims. Two of the kidnapped persons were swiftly rescued by the Police operatives.

The kidnappers later reportedly demanded 100 million Naira ransom for the other victims to regain freedom. It is not clear if any ransom was paid for their release.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni had promised that the Police would rescue others as more operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were deployed to ensure this.

School Kidnap: Abductors Of Students, Officials In Lagos Make Demands

Gunmen Abduct , Lagos, Epe, Model College, Gunmen,The abductors of vice principals, a teacher and pupils of Lagos State Model College in Igbo Nla in Epe area of Lagos have demanded 100 million Naira ransom for the victims to regain freedom.

A source told Channels Television on Friday that the gunmen alleged to be from the south-south region headed towards Ogbere River to link up the Ogun River.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said that efforts were on to rescue others as more operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and the decoy marine team in search of the victims.

The men, alleged to be heavily armed, were said to have invaded the college whisking away the victims.

Two of the eight people kidnapped from school were rescued on Thursday by the Police operatives.

Meanwhile, nine suspects have been arrested over last week’s abduction of the wife of the Central Bank Governor, Margaret Emefiele along Benin-Agbor road.

The suspects who were arrested with millions of Naira by officers of the intelligence response team in Edo, Delta and Benue states are one each from Delta and Benue states and six Fulanis.

One more suspect has also been arrested in the kidnap of some landlords in Isheri, a border community between Lagos and Ogun state.

The latest arrest brings to five the number of suspects in police custody.

Abia: Gov Orji Urges Nigerians To Unite

Theodore-Orji_abia_channelstvAbia State Governor, Theodore Orji, has called on all Nigerians irrespective of ethnicity and religion to unite against the evil currently threatening the peace of the country.

In his Easter message, the Governor said that terrorist organizations always seek ways to divide communities, but those who have overcome and have been able to attain stability have done it through unity.

He said, “We stand united against terrorism. We believe that Nigeria will overcome and this Easter presents us that opportunity to reflect on the words of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the time that we must treat ourselves as brothers and sisters and work together to defeat the evil act of terrorism.

“We must uphold the unity, progress and greatness of Nigeria, even in the midst of our challenges. It is the only way we can say we are part of this country, because our souls long for its greatness.

“Because we desire a nation where all Nigerians can move freely from one part of the country to another, where our children will not be kidnapped from schools and our women will not be raped by the evil men.

“If the children of Israel can pass through the red sea in their most difficult time, Nigeria will do it also”, he said.