Ogun State Police have apprehended three suspected kidnappers in a forest along the Imeko/Iwoye-Ketu road.
The trio, Aliu Abubakar (29), Umaru Tukur (24), and Yau Isah (25), were apprehended on August 29 during a police rescue operation.
The armed men, numbering around eight, had blocked the Termac/Iwoye road on that day and shot sporadically.
According to police, the hoodlums injured one Bode Ogunleye and Muhammad Basa while kidnapping Alhaji Fatai Abdulsalam, Alhaji Dauda Orelope, and Alhaji Rafiu Isah.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Ogun police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said upon the receipt of the distress call, the DPO of Imeko division had mobilized his men and those of the Amotekun corps, the So safe corps, hunters, vigilantes as well as Fulani/Yoruba youths and stormed the forest in search of the victims and their abductors.
“Due to the intense pressure, the kidnappers abandoned their victims and took to flight, leaving an unregistered Bajaj motorcycle behind at their hideout in the forest,” Oyeyemi said.
He explained that the victims were rescued unhurt, while the security operatives found three of the suspects where they were hiding in the forest.
“When they were searched, the key to the abandoned motorcycle at the scene of the kidnap was recovered in the pocket of one of them along with three cutlasses,” It was learnt.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the anti-kidnapping section of the command’s CIID for discreet investigation.