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POLICE ARREST KIDNAPPERS OF AKEWUGBAGOLD 2-YEAR-OLD TWINS

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Seven suspects involved in the kidnapping of 2-year-old twin children of Ibadan based Muslim cleric, Alhaji Taofeek Azeez a.k.a Akewugbagold have been paraded in Ibadan by the Oyo State police command.

The police say the suspects, who invaded the Ibadan residence of the Islamic cleric, on April 25, included a couple and three close associates of Akewugbagold.

The arrested hoodlums are Rildwan Taiwo, 30; Olumide Ajala, 36; Fatai Akanji, 39; Bashiru Mohammed, 33; Opeyemi Oyeleye, 25 (all males); Mutiu Rafiu, 35; and a female suspect, Modinat Rafiu, 29.

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During their parade, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Shina Olukolu, said investigations carried out in Oyo, Adamawa and Sokoto States led to the arrest of the members of the syndicate.

Items recovered from the kidnappers included parts of the ransom collected; a locally fabricated gun; some bullets; two Micra taxi cabs; and one motorcycle.

Olukolu said, “Sequel to the last Press briefing held on May 13, during which the Command showcased the arrests of some suspected notorious kidnappers, armed robbers/criminal receivers, impersonator, murderers/cultists etc. terrorising the state, the concerted efforts by the Command with the support of the people of Oyo State continue to yield good results.

“In the sensational case of the kidnapping of the 2-year old twins of Alhaji Taofeek Azeez Akewugbagold on April 25, all the suspects have been arrested with substantial parts of the ransom collected; the gun used for the operation; the two operational vehicles; and one motorcycle were also recovered from them.

“On April 25 at about 2000hours (8pm), a report was received at Ojoo Divisional Police Headquarters, Ibadan that some armed robbery cum kidnapping syndicate, terrorising members of the public within Ibadan metropolis and other parts of Oyo State,  invaded the residence of Alhaji Taofedk Azeez Akewugbagold at Alphonso Road, behind PHCN Office, Sasa Area, Ojoo, Ibadan with guns, cutlasses and some other dangerous weapons.

“The notorious criminals attacked his wife and subsequently abducted his 2-year old twins to an unknown destination. The criminal assailants later demanded N50million ransom before the two abducted babies would be released.

“Concerted efforts were intensified to rescue the abducted babies and arrest the perpetrators of the heinous crime. The abducted babies were released unhurt eight days after their father parted with the sum of N4million.

“One locally made cut to size single barrel gun; eight live cartridges, one Nissan Micra car with registration number JJJ 703 BJ, used for the criminal activity and a Nissan Micra car with registration number NRK 864 YR; the sum of N2,863,000.00 being part of the ransom; an unregistered TVS Motorcycle were recovered from the hoodlums.”

All the suspects confessed to the crime. The female member of the gang, who was detailed to take care of the kidnapped babies while in captivity, said she is wife to Mutiu Rafiu, a herbalist and key member of the syndicate. She said, “Although I am the only wife when my husband and the others brought the twins into our house, I thought they were brought from my husband’s mistress.”

Akewugbagold’s aides, who were part of the syndicate, alleged that they muted the idea because they were broke. However, their master said, “I paid them salaries regularly and they always received gifts whenever we go for a lecture. This is the result of greed.”

The kidnapped twins, Walfiq and Walfiqo, were born into the clergyman’s family 12 years after the mother has been married without a child.

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