•Four suspects arrested by Lagos police over abduction of ex-minority leader and son
From Ngozi Uwujare, Ibadan
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Lagos State police command has discovered a mansion suspected to belong to alleged kidnapping kingpin, Abanara (other names withheld).
The magnificent mansion on 15B Fokade Street, Okuatata, Effurun, Ugboro, stunned the SARS operatives, when they made the startling discovery. The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Umar Manko, told Crimewatch that Abanara (aka million) and his gang had been declared wanted over the kidnapping of former Lagos State House of Assembly Minority Leader, Hon. Taofeek Adeniyi and his son in Lagos this year and taken to Delta. Manko said that the command had successfully arrested four suspects; Raymond, Joel, Phillip and Osanmor (all first names withheld).
He said that Osanmor sponsored them for kidnapping and masterminded the abduction of the lawmaker and his son. He noted that the kidnappers demanded N30million from the Adeniyi family but they were able to collect N4milion. They collected it only for them to hold on to his son who brought the money. He said another huge money was paid before Adeniyi’s son was released after being held hostage for two weeks.
Manko said that the officer-in-charge of SARS, Abba Kyari (SP), mounted surveillance on the house of the gang leader in Effurun. “We have four of kidnappers in our custody and they confessed that the mansion belonged to their gang leader and when we eventually struck, the gang leader, Abanara, escaped and we arrested a member of the gang who always sponsored them anytime they wanted to carry out their operation.”
The name of the suspect is Osanmor who told Crimewatch that “I am part of the gang that participated in the kidnapping of former Minority Leader of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adeniyi and took him to Sapele. “I always gave out my money to my gang which they usually used to carry out the assignment sometimes, I gave out the sum of N100,000. “Also, it was Abanara who is our gang leader and we usually called him after carrying out our operations, we used to share the money,” he said.
Another suspect, Raymond also said: “I am a member of the gang that kidnapped Hon. Adeniyi and my major role was provision of cars for the operation,” he said. CP Manko said that the police have declared total war on kidnappers in the state. He also said that the command was still investigating the case.
On the mansion which the gang leader built, he said: “We have declared Abanara wanted, promising that he will soon be arrested.”