Four suspected kidnappers arrested in Ekiti, commuters freed

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The Ekiti State Police Command, on Thursday, said a joint security team, comprising of the military, police, civil defense, Amotekun and local hunters, have arrested four suspects in connection with a recent abduction in the State.

ASP Sunday Abutu, the command’s Spokesperson, who confirmed the arrests in a statement on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti, said the efforts of the joint security team had started yielding positive results.

It was gathered that five commuters were few days ago abducted along Ayedun-Ilasa-Ayebode road in Ikole Local Government Area of the State.

This led to sporadic shooting between soldiers and the suspected kidnappers, as motorists deserted the busy Ayedun-Ilasa-Ayebode road.

The command later said that persistent pressure by the combined security team resulted in the release of the five commuters.

It also promised to channel resources towards apprehending the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

“The suspects arrested have since been moved to the State Police Headquarters for further interrogation and investigation while the joint operation for the rescue of the victims continues,” he said.

Abutu said the command had deployed tactical team that comprised the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), the Anti kidnapping Squad, the Safer Highway and the SIB to engage in a joint operation with the Military, the NSCDC, the Amotekun and the local hunters, following the recent abduction of eight persons at Itapaji axis of Ikole-Ekiti.

This is with the aim of rescuing the victims and apprehending the perpetrators.

“This joint operation has yielded positive result as four suspects have been arrested so far in connection with the abduction.

“The command implores members of the public to supply necessary and timely information to assist the police in its operations,” Abutu added.

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