The Nigerian Police has paraded three suspected kidnappers of 5 school children and 3 staff members of a Turkish school in Lagos State on January 13.
A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah said that the suspects were paraded at the force headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.
Awunah stated that the arrest was made possible by 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.”
“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,” the force PRO stated.
He added that “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 the 25th January, 2017, at about 0700hrs in the morning.”
Awunah stated that N1.2 million was recovered from “Prince Yellow” which was his share of the ransom money collected before the kidnapped victims were released.
“The four suspects confessed to the crime, volunteered useful statements to the investigators and are cooperating with the Police,” the Police spokesman said, adding that “Concerted efforts are being made to arrest the remaining suspects who are at large.”
Awunah conveyed the Inspector General of Police’s assurances “that the Nigeria Police Force will continue to work assiduously to prevent crime and eliminate the fear of crime, so as to guarantee adequate security and safety of lives and properties across the country.”
He urged Nigerians to be law abiding and continue to support the personnel of the Force deployed in their various localities.