Oyo State police command yesterday said nine suspects, including a soldier simply identified as Bada, have been arrested in connection with the alleged abduction of an Indian engineer working with one of the GSM service providers.
Also, the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu, said the two embattled former leaders of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state, Alhaji Lateef Akinsola (a.k.a.Tokyo) and Mr. Mukaila Lamidi (a.k.a. Auxiliary), should surrender themselves to the police on or before this weekend.
Mbu, who stated this while addressing journalists at the police headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan, said the soldier, who is of the rank of a private, was arrested with three others while about collecting ransom from relatives of the kidnapped Indian engineer identified as Kumal.
He said five other suspects were arrested yesterday morning by men of the state police command handling the investigation of the alleged kidnap case.
The police boss said some police detectives from the Lagos State police command had last week came to his office in company of two Indians working with one of the GSM service providers to inform him of their plans to pay the ransom demanded by the suspected kidnappers of their engineer colleague at a hideout in Ibadan.
He said he immediately ordered the reinforcement of detectives from the state police command to accompany the two Indian engineers and the detectives from Lagos to the kidnappers’ hideout.
Mbu said the soldier was arrested with three other suspects by the armed policemen that combed the area while about collecting the ransom from the two Indian engineers and that the soldier, together with others were later moved to Lagos by the detectives.
He maintained that men of his command in continuation of their investigations on the kidnapped Indian engineer yesterday morning succeeded in tracking down five other suspects in connection with the abduction.
Speaking on the embattled NURTW leaders, Mbu vowed to fish out Akinsola and Lamidi, should they failed to report to his command by the end of this week “to answer questions.”
He insisted that the duo were declared wanted by the police since last year and were yet to report to the command saying, “Tokyo and Auxiliary should surrender themselves to the police now.”