Igbonla Kidnapping: Police Arrest Three Suspects in Edo

  •  Parents bemoan kidnappers’ lack of communication

Chiemelie Ezeobi

Three suspected members of the gang behind the abduction of the six students of the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, have been arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

This is just as the parents of the abducted students have bemoaned the inability to communicate with the remaining members of the gang, given that the (kidnapper’s) number used to initially contact them had been switched off.

The arrested suspects who were identified as Egelu Endurance, 25, alias Jubby, Stanley Yomi Irabomini (Powei) 25, and Bentel Endurance, 24, all from Ovia South Local Government Area, were arrested in Benin City, Edo State.

It was gathered that IRT operatives led by Abba Kyari, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), arrested the three suspects who left the creek and went to Edo State to visit a gang member who was injured during gun battle with security forces.

According to the police, the suspects confessed to have participated in several high profile kidnappings in the southern region.
They confirmed the location of the students to the police during interrogation.

A source said: “They confessed to have participated in various kidnappings of prominent personalities in Lagos and Ogun State including the Oniba of Iba, Turkish School, Isheri landlords and Epe School children.

“The suspects claimed they came to Benin to see their injured colleague and also relax for a while before going back to the creek.
“Serious efforts to arrest the remaining gang members and rescue the school children are in progress.”