A 22-year-old wanted kidnap kingpin identified as Yusuf Aliu has been arrested by the Police in Edo state.
The arrest was confirmed in a statement by the spokesperson of the state police command, SP Bello Kotongs.
According to him, the suspect was alleged to have terrorized the Benin-Auchi road and its environs and had been on the Police wanted list for armed robbery and kidnapping.
The statement reads in part:
“On July 1, 2021, at about 1630hrs (4:30 p.m.), operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber-Crime Unit of Edo State Police Command arrested a kidnap Kingpin, one Yusuf Aliu ‘M’ 22 years.
The suspect (Aliu) is the leader of a gang of four kidnappers that kidnapped one Lucky Ojezele at Idumwengie Community along Benin-Auchi Road on January 5, 2021 and fled.
The operatives of anti-kidnapping and cyber-crime unit of the Command, through hi-tech tracking/intelligence, arrested him (Aliu) at old road in Aduwawa, Benin City.
One of his gang members, Philemon Timothy, had earlier been arrested by the operatives and has since been charged to court.
On interrogation, Yusuf Aliu confessed to the crime of kidnapping and armed robbery. Efforts are on top gear to arrest the remaining two suspects.”
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