The Department of State Security Service in Edo State on Wednesday, paraded two gangs of suspected kidnappers and armed robbers, including the killers of an SSS operative, who was killed in 2012 in Benin.
Director of SSS in the state, Bello Bakori, while parading the suspects before Governor Adams Oshiomhole, described four of the suspected kidnappers – Moses Idoro (26), Daniel Fanike, Kenneth Obasosogie (34) and Elvis Saro, as dare-devil kidnappers, who, he said, had been terrorising the state since 2009.
Bakori said one of the suspected armed robbers, Nnamdi Okpara, specialised in demobilising vehicles’ trackers.
He said, “They are members of the gang that killed a member of our staff and participated in the kidnapping of an NNPC employee and a former works commissioner. Since their arrest, kidnapping has gone down in Edo State.”
Leader of one of the gangs, Idoro, who claimed to be from Delta State, confessed to some of the criminal activities, narrating how they made over N12m as ransom from kidnappings.
Oshiomhole, who commended the SSS operatives and their officers, who led the operation that led to the arrest of the suspects, could not hide his shock as he listened to confessions by the suspects.