The Nigerian Police Force has foiled the attempted kidnap of Nigerian billionaire, Femi Otedola.
The police in a statement issued by the Force Public Relation Officer, DCP Donald Awunah, on Wednesday said the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) accomplished the task when it arrested a three-man kidnap gang on the 23rd June 2016.
According to him, the arrest was said to have been achieved through coordinated intelligence gathering and deployment of technical investigative tools that spanned several weeks.
The principal suspect, Ikechukwu Daniel, a 28 year old indigene of Imo State, the mastermind of the gang, was rusticated from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, due to his cult related activities on campus between 2009 and 2010. Daniel also doubles as the I.T guru of the kidnap gang, with mastery of Computer applications, as he made damning revelations of their criminal exploits in the south west of the country.
Another member of the gang, 29 year old Adeyemi Kayode, a serving officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and a native of Ojoo in Ibadan, Oyo State. He serves as a Personal Assistant to the Commandant, NSCDC Oyo State Command, a position which the Police believe he took undue advantage of, to obtain the GSM number and location of Femi Otedola. He also came up with the plan on how to kidnap the businessman and demand a ransome of one billion naira.
The third suspect, Ayodele Temitayo, a native of Oyo State as well, is the marksman and armorer of the gang. He was dismissed from 213 Battalion Maiduguri of Nigeria Army, as a Private in 2015. All the suspects have confessed that they had successfully carried out several high profile kidnappings, while two AK-47 rifles loaded with ammunition were recovered from them.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim K. Idris restated the commitment of the police to clamp down on all criminal activities across the country as efforts are currently being intensified to apprehend other members of the gang and extend investigation to their other criminal enterprise.