Men of the Oyo Police Command on Wednesday said they have arrested no fewer than five persons for allegedly abducting and killing a poultry farm owner, Mr. Sunday Aladeniyi, after collecting ransom from his family.
The deceased lifeless body, according to the police was later recovered in a forest along Ijebu-Ode Road where the kidnappers dumped it.
Commissioner for Police, Mr. Abiodun Odude, while parading a total of 24 suspects for various offences at the Eleyele Police Headquarters, Ibadan, described the suspected kidnappers as sons of “Lucifer”.
The suspects, whom Odude said will soon be charged to court for prosecution were: Abdullahi Musa (37), Isah Tambaya (20), Yuguda Yusuf (35), Aminu Ahmadu (24), and Ojo John (34).
Odude explained that they were arrested following a report made at the Idi-Ayunre Police Division.
One of the suspects, Abdullahi Musa, who confessed to the crime, pleaded for leniency, while others narrated their sundry roles that led to the kidnap and murder of the poultry farm owner.
Musa revealed that one of the staff of the victim, who was very close to the deceased had invited other members of the gang , mainly Fulani herders to kidnap their boss and were given N20,000 each out of the money collected from the family as ransom.
According to him, they had no plan to kill the poultry farmer until one of them raised the alarm that if allowed to go, he (Aladeniyi) would reveal their identities.
Odude, who narrated how the suspects carried out the crime said, “The kidnappers who murdered their victim, Sunday Aladeniyi were arrested on Friday September 7, 2018 at about 1830 hours by the anti-kidnapping squad of the command.
“The suspects after collecting ransom; killed the victim because he could identify one of them. In fact, one of the kidnappers who was very close to the victim caused his death because he thought the victim would expose him.”
Others who were paraded on Wednesday by the Police included nine students of The Polytechnic, Ibadan said to be involved in the killing of their colleague, Olatunji Hammed on August 27, 2018.
The self-confessed students’ cultists most whom were on their final year in the institution told journalists that the reason for their membership of various cult groups on the campus was to fight against oppression, injustice and intimidation.
The Commissioner of Police said the students were arrested through diligence investigation carried out by the Anti-Robbery section of the state Criminal Investigation Department (CIID) which led to the arrest of more suspects and recovery of arms, ammunition and other exhibits.
Apart from the locally-made cut to size single barrel gun recovered from the cult members, other exhibits recovered from the cultists include two axes, cutlasses and charms.