Police operatives in Ogun have arrested three suspected members of a kidnap syndicate while collecting a ransom in the state.
The spokesman of the state police command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abeokuta, said the suspects were arrested on Tuesday.
According to him, the suspects who were between the ages of 22 and 26 years were arrested after a report was lodged at the Ilupeju Divisional Police Headquarters about the abduction of two men along the Ayetoro Road in the state.
Oyeyemi said: “The Divisional Police Officer consequently mobilised police team which worked with the Nigerian Army and So Safe Corps, and combed the forest in search of the victims and the suspects.
“While the exercise was going on, the operatives received information that the suspects had contacted the families of the victims and asked them to bring ransom somewhere in the area.
“The operatives swiftly moved to the area and laid ambush for the suspects. The hoodlums appeared to collect the ransom and the operatives engaged them in a gun duel.
“When the suspects realized that they were about to be overpowered, they took to their heels. But the operatives chased them and arrested three members of the gang.
“Other members of the gang escaped with gunshot injuries and abandoned their victims.”
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