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DPO Paid Us N200k To Free Female Sergeant - Suspects

Three suspected kidnappers, who abducted a female sergeant and a lawyer at the Agbowa area of Lagos State in February, have revealed how they carried out the abductions and collected ransom. The suspects were presented to journalists yesterday by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni.

The arrest of the suspects confirmed New Telegraph’s report on the female sergeant’s abduction which the Lagos State Police Command denied then. According to Owoseni, the kidnappers collected N200,000 ransom from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Ketu Division before they freed the sergeant.

The suspects, Mimo Blessing (20), Aboy Feku (23) and Yola Samuel (30), were arrested by the Anti-Kidnapping Squad and mobile policemen on Sunday. The police claimed to have arrested them while attempting to escape after collecting ransom from the lawyer’s family.

But the suspects insisted that they were arrested during a police routine stop-andsearch. The police arrested them after they couldn’t explain how they came to be in possession of a large sum of money and several phones. It was a lucky break for the police.

The policewoman, Sergeant Bola, attached to Ketu Police Division in Ikosi Ejrin Local Council Development Area, was abducted at Omu- Ijebu while returning to her station in February. She was abducted along with four other passengers in a commercial bus.

After Sergeant Bola was abducted, the kidnappers called the DPO and demanded N5 million. The money was later reduced to N200,000. It was learnt that she was released immediately the N200,000 was paid. “We demanded N5 million as ransom from the DPO. We also contacted the family of the policewoman. We also demanded N5 million from them. The DPO said he wouldn’t be able to pay N5 million. At the end, we collected N200,000 from him.

We also collected an additional N300,000 from the woman’s family.” Feku disclosed that after they released the policewoman, the gang stormed a farm at Igbodu, where it kidnapped a lawyer who had gone to attend to his birds in his poultry

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