The Oyo State Police Command on Monday said the kidnappers of 2-year old twins of the cleric, were arrested with substantial parts of the ransom collected.
Also recovered include two operational vehicles, one motorcycle, one locally made single barrel; eight cartridges; two Micra cars; an unregistered TVS motorcycle and cash sum of N2,863,000.
The Oyo Commissioner of Police, Mr. Shina Olukolu stated this at a press conference held at the Command’s headquarters Eleyele- Ibadan.
The CP said, “the notorious criminals attacked Sheikh Taofeek Akeugbagold’s wife and subsequently abducted his young twins to an unknown destination. The criminal assailants later demanded for ransom of N50million before the two abducted babies would be released.
“As soon as the incident was reported at Ojoo police Station, and later transferred to AKS Eleyele/SARS office Dugbe, Ibadan, a team of AKS/SARS operatives swung into action while concerted efforts was intensified to rescue the abducted babies and arrest the perpetrators of the heinous crime.
“The abducted twins were released unhurt eight days later after their father had parted with an alleged sum of N4million as ransom to the hoodlums.
“Consequent upon this, the investigating team embarked on a painstaking detailed discreet investigation and traversed several States including Adamawa and Sokoto and in the process, the following members of the notorious armed robbery cum kidnapping syndicate who later identified themselves as Rilwan Taiwo; Rafiu Mutiu; Olumide Ajala; Fatai Akanji; Bashiru Mohammed; Opeyemi Oyeleye and Rafiu Modinat, the only female member of the gang who was detailed to take care of the babies while in captivity, were all arrested in their respective hideouts in connection with the crime,” he added.