By Sheriff Balogun
The Ogun State Vigilance Service at the weekend stormed a kidnappers’ den located around Ajobo village, in Odeda Local Government Area, along Abeokuta-Ibadan road, rescuing a victim and arrested six suspected kidnappers.
The vigilance group was also said to have arrested the ring leader of the kidnappers who had earlier demanded the sum of N25million as ransom from the victim's family.
The suspects are: Mr. Bode Kolawole, the ring leader, Mr. Seun Obakoya (27), Adesina Adeyinka, an alleged undergraduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Biodun Ajomale and Segun Samuel.
It was gathered that the suspects had on Thursday trailed their victim, Aremu Oluwasogo Peters from his office located at No. 86 Ibadan Road, Ijebu-Ode after the close work at about 7p.m.
Peters recalled that he drove his Primeria car home at Iwesi quarters, Ijebu-Ode, at about 8p.m. and while parking in the compound, the gang stormed the premises.
The victim who is into communications business, further narrated that before he knew what was happening, the kidnappers pointed gun at him, collected his car key and immediately put him inside the car booth before they drove out.
The 35-year-old victim narrated that "On the journey I knew they branched at a fuel station to fill the car tank, and continued the journey, to a destination I don't know because they blindfolded me."
He said on arrival at the den, he was tortured and asked to make a call through to his family, demanding for N25 million ransom.
He said, the gang threatened to kill him if the family failed to pay the ransom in 24 hours of his kidnap, recalling that after much plea, the kidnappers reduced the ransom to N5million.
He said, it was at that stage, he spoke with his family, asking them to sell his house and other valuables to save his life, adding that it was later some of the gang member told him that, the gang leader who happened to be one of his customers initiated the kidnap operations.
"They called my family on my phone ordering them to pay N25million ransom, they kept me in the hideout, tied my hand, but after much plea, they reduced the ransom to N5million", the victim stated.
He said, while arrangement by the family to raise the money was ongoing, luck came as the vigilance service stormed the hideout and rescued him, arresting the gang members.
Speaking with the suspects at the Vigilance Service headquarters located along Presidential Boulevard, Abeokuta, all the suspects confessed to the crime.
They further confessed that the victim was kept inside the car booth and taken to the hideout located at Ajobo village.
The suspects disclosed that the 48-hour of the victim's captivity, he was fed on bread and coca cola and satchet water.
However, the Public Relations Officer of the Vigilance Service, Soji Ganzallo, said the command on receiving the information acted fast and was able to locate the hideout, where nemesis caught up with the gang, adding that the victim was successfully rescued.
Ganzallo said further findings revealed that the victim's car was abandoned by the gang somewhere in Ibadan, a hideout of about 20-minutes drive to the office of Nigeria and Wire Cable, in Apata axis of Ibadan, Oyo State Capital.
The spokesman of the command said the suspects would be handed over to the police as information about the operation and arrest had been passed to
the commissioner of police.