How we arrested Turkish students’ kidnap suspects – police

Chidi Samuel

Four suspected active members of the gang responsible for the kidnap of five Turkish School Children and three personnel on the 13th of January at the school premises located at River View Estate, Isheri North of Ogun State have been arrested by men of the Nigeria police force

The suspects who the police say demanded ransom from the relatives of the victims are Philip Joel Kakadu aka “General Kakadu” a militant leader; Romeo Council aka “Raw” and Totki Okoda who lives in the fishermen’s community behind the school and Bekewei Agbojule aka “Prince Yellow”, a principal suspect,

Some of the suspects were trailed and arrested at different locations in Ogun, Delta and Lagos States.

According to the police, Agbojule, an Ijaw from Arogbo town in Ondo State, was arrested and the sum of one million two hundred thousand naira (#1,200,000) his share of the ransom money.

“The four suspects confessed to the crime and volunteered useful statements to the investigators and are cooperating with the Police.

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“Concerted efforts are being made to arrest the remaining suspects who are at large.

“All the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.”

The police have assured Nigerians of continued efforts to prevent crime and eliminate the fear of crime.

“The Police will equally ensure that those crimes that cannot be prevented are promptly detected and perpetrators prosecuted to serve as deterrent to prospective criminals. ‘’

The full details of the statement by the Force Spokesman, Don Awunah, reads: “The IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT), working in synergy with the Tactical Intelligence Unit (TIU) of the Nigeria Police Force in a joint operation supervised by AIG Kayode Aderanti, AIG Zone 2, Lagos, successfully smashed a notorious kidnap gang and arrested four  vicious kidnappers who are active members of the gang responsible for the kidnap for ransom of five Turkish school children and three  members of staff of the school in Ogun State on January 13.

“In the course of investigation into the dastardly crime, three suspects namely Are Philip Joel Kakadu aka “General Kakadu” a militant leader; Romeo Council aka “Raw” and Totki Okoda who lives in the fishermen’s community behind the school and provided information about the victims to his gang, were trailed and arrested at different locations in Delta, Ogun and Lagos States respectively, for the criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime.

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“Further investigation and sustained pursuit of the matter by the Intelligence Response Team, led to the arrest of Bekewei Agbojule aka “Prince Yellow”, a principal suspect and one of the key members of the gang on January 25, at about 7am.   The suspect who is an Ijaw from Arogbo town in Ondo State was arrested after he came out of the creeks to enjoy his loot.

“About N1,200,000, his share of the ransom money was recovered from him. The four suspects confessed to the crime, volunteered useful statements to the investigators and are cooperating with the police.”