Defence & Security

Suspected kidnapper who threatened to abduct varsity students nabbed

By Paul Michael

The Oyo State Police Command has arrested a 37-year-old kidnapper suspect, Olarinde Adekunle, over a threat to abduct three students of a private university.

Adekunle was said to have written a letter to the school’s authority demanding for N10 million failure of which shall lead to the kidnapping of three students.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso, disclosed this on Monday while parading the suspect at the State Police Command.

He said the threat, as expected, disrupted academic activities within the university, stirring up panic and uncertainty among the university community.

According to Osifeso, investigation by police officers led to the arrest of one Azeez Mufutau, whose phone number was used by the prime suspect as a decoy to conceal his activities.

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He said, “A notorious kidnapping syndicate sent a ‘hand-written’ note to the management of a private university institution, in Oyo town wherein they threatened to abduct three of its students should the management fail to pay up (N10,000,000) ten million naira within a stipulated period.

“Consequent upon the above, discreet forensic based investigations were carried out and this led to the arrest of one Azeez Mufutau ‘M’ whose phone numbers were inscribed on the ‘hand-written notes’ sent to both the school management and the bank.

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“Upon questioning, the suspect confirmed that the phone number on the note was his but denied being the author of the document.

“The investigation further led to the arrest of one Olarinde Adekunle ‘M’ age 37 who confessed to being the author the hand-written notes under scrutiny and added that Azeez Mufutau was used as a decoy for the purpose of concealing his direct involvement.”

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