Osun State Police Command has revealed that eight suspected members of a kidnap syndicate who relocated from Benue State to Osun have been apprehended.
According to the police spokesperson in the state, Yemisi Opalola in a statement on Saturday said that the suspects were arrested on Friday at Omo-Ijesa village, as a result of credible intelligence reports.
After being grilled, Opalola said the suspects who were between 18 and 25 years old admitted to have killed their last victim, Akiishi Catherine, 65, and three others in their previous operations.
“The suspects were arrested on May 7, sequel to credible intelligence the command received and acted upon in a follow-up on a case of the kidnap of a 65-year-old, Mrs Akiishi Catherine in Benue State.
“The operation was led by the Commissioner of Police in Osun, Olawale Olokode.
“Prior to the arrest, police investigations revealed that the suspects relocated to Osun after the kidnap of the woman as a deceptive tactic to avoid arrest by the police in Benue.
“The suspects have also planned to use Osun as a safe haven for the negotiation and collection of ransom even after murdering the woman in cold blood,’’ the spokesperson said.
She said the suspects will be handed over to the Benue Police Command as soon as preliminary investigations are concluded.