By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State Police Command, has confirmed the arrest of two persons, in connection with the alleged kidnapping of a farmer, Segun Adams, in his farm at Kajola, a farmstead in Ado Ekiti metropolis.
The suspects; Ojo Jubril ,42 and Job Mathew 38, were arrested during an expanded forest combing operation embarked upon by the police and other security networks in the state.
The Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State Command, Mr. Sunday Ayemoni, said the culprits were involved in the kidnapping and murder of the farmer after collecting ransom from him.
He said the duo, who are friends, have also been involved in several murder and armed robbery activities in the area in recent time.
He said, “On November 23, 2022, at about 3:30pm, while the command operatives were on a rescue operation inside Ijan- Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Government area’s forest, they arrested two notorious kidnappers.
“Upon interrogation, the arrested suspects confessed that they kidnapped one Adams Segun, 55 years, in his Kajola Farm settlement, Ijan-Ekiti on 16th November, 2022 and later killed him after collecting ransom from his family.
“The suspects confessed to various kidnappings in Ekiti State and mentioned one Daniel Matthew, Busuyi Popoola, and Daniel, second name unknown as their accomplices and were still bon the wanted list of the police.
“They confessed further that they were resposnble for the killing of one Adams Segun, one of their kidnap victims”.
Ayemoni said exhibits such as one cut-to-size single barrel, expended cartridge and assorted charm were recovered from the arrested suspects.
The police also confirmed the arrest of one Ibrahim Babangida, during a bush combing on Government Reserve forest along Odo-Ado, Ijan-Ekiti ,Ise-Ekiti, Emure-Ekiti and Ikere-Ekiti.
He said after Babangida’s arrest , other gang on sighting the police, escaped into the bush in different directions.
“Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to kidnapping two persons; Tiasu Mohammed and Abdullahi Saleh, in Odido farm settlement of Ado–Ekiti on October 28, 2022, at about 10pm.”