The operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a 60-year-old Ifa chief priestess and her two sons in connection with some kidnap cases in the state.
According to the spokesman of the Command, CSP Chike Oti, the suspects were arrested on Saturday at their residence located at No.15, Irepodun Street, Egan, Igando, Lagos Mainland.
Oti noted that the woman was said to be a chief priestess and custodian of an Ifa shrine. She was alleged to be aiding her sons, aged 26 and 32, who allegedly lure their victims with charms to their home.
He stated that they used the social media to lure their victims and put them in captivity until they paid ransoms for their release.
“The trio met their waterloo when one Bridget Obazee came to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Igando Police Station, CSP Taiwo Kasumu, on Sept. 7 and complained that her brother, Osahon, was missing.
“The complainant told the DPO that the kidnappers were threatening to kill Osahon if they (family) failed to pay a N1.5 million ransom. She added that they warned her not to involve the police, otherwise her brother would be killed,” Oti said in a statement.
Commenting on how the suspects were apprehended, Oti said the DPO quickly contacted the Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal, who deployed men from the Intelligence Unit of the command to reinforce the DPO’s team. “The same day, at about 11a.m., through discreet investigation, the team arrested the woman and her sons, Akeem Bashiru and Ojo Solomon,” he said.
He said that besides Osahon, the police also rescued two other victims in the home of the suspects, which doubled as their hideout.
He gave the names of the other victims as Adugbagbe Akindele of No.7 Peace Crescent Salolo, Meiran, Lagos and one Ekwegbalu Augustine, who was lured from Anambra with the promise of a job in an oil company.
“The victims have been held for weeks, pending the payment of ransom by their families,” he added.
During interrogation, one of the suspects, Solomon confessed that he lured the victims with the promise of getting them employment. “He further confessed that he lured some victims for a gay relationship and that their mother empowered him and his brother spiritually,” Oti said.
Meanwhile, the Command spokesperson hailed residents for assisting the command with useful information and urged them not to relent.