A kidnap syndicate made up of members of the same family has been apprehended by operatives of Ogun state police command.Sequel to series of kidnap cases within shagamu and its environs in the year 2020, the Commissioner of Police,CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun gave a matching order to the Area Commander and all the DPOs in shagamu to fish out those behind the evil act within the shortest possible period.
In compliance with the CP’s directive, the Dpo Shagamu d
Division, CSP Okiki Agunbiade and his crack detectives with the support of Shagamu security council under the Akarigbo of Remo land, embarked on intelligence and technical based investigation, which led to the arrest of one Oweniwe Okpara from Delta state and three (3) of his children namely; Samson Okpara, Bright Okpara and Eze Okpara and one Christian Ishaha who sheltered the kidnappers.
The kidnap gang were all arrested in Ajaka area of shagamu for their roles in the kidnap of eight (8) persons at different times in shagamu and other areas.
In the course of investigation, it was discovered that three (3) other members of the family constituting the criminal gang namely; Godwin Okpara, Godspower Okpara and Mathew Okpara are the armed squad of the syndicate, while Samson, Bright and Eze Okpara were the one spying on their targeted victims.
One Emmanuel Joseph, a native of Ebele in Edo state was later recruited into the fold, having confronted Eze Okpara to tell him the source of the money they display while counting everyday. The family had to subsequently open up to him that they are into kidnap business and he also joined them.
Among the victims of the gang is one Okechukwu Onwubiko, who was kidnapped on June 4, 2019.
The kidnap gang family also kidnapped one Omotayo Sobowale on June 16, 2020, while one Lamidi Akeem was abducted by the same gang on July 20, 2020.
Information gathered by Fasnewsng.com from the office of Ogun state Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, on November 3, 2020, the gang also kidnapped one Mrs. Areoye Olufunke. They abducted another person, Mrs. Adijat Adeleye on November 11, and Ashaye Olayinka Tobi was also kidnapped on the 12th of November by the dreaded gang.
“Having heard about the arrest of their father and their 3 siblings, Godwin, Godspower and Mathew Okpara took to flight and ran to Delta state with their operational car and their arms where they were subsequently apprehended by the Delta state police command after carrying out another kidnapping there.
“Their camp located at a forest in Ayepe-ijebu where their father used to farm before converting it to a camp was located by policemen led by the Dpo shagamu and subsequently destroyed. Items recovered at the camp include; three expended cartridges, cooking gas, tarpaulin, cooking utensils, women bags and twine,” Oyeyemi said.
The Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun who expressed satisfaction with the intelligence and painstaking investigation of the detectives has reiterated the stand of the command not to relent in accomplishing the onerous task of providing adequate security for the good people of Ogun state.
Ajogun therefore, appealed for cooperation of the general public in the area of giving useful information that will assist in eliminating criminals from the entire state.