State Security Service on Thursday paraded seven suspects aged, between 22 and 33, in connection with the alleged abduction of a United Arab Emirate national, Mohammed Khamis.
The suspects, who were arrested on March 20, are Ojo Ajibade, Lamidi Akinkunmi, Olasunkanmi Temitope (aka Rasky), Nuremi Lamidi, Siyanbade Olalekan, Saka Kashim and Jelili Adeleke (aka Owuye).
The SSS Deputy Director, Public Relations, Ms Marilyn Ogar, who showed the suspects to the media in Abuja, said Khami, who was kidnapped on January 20, was lured to visit Nigeria for a bogus business transaction by a fake company, Finuche Investments.
According to her, the Arabian was abducted by the syndicate and held hostage for about 60 days at Aboriogun village in Ikoyi town, Isokan LGA, Osun State.
She explained that four other persons identified as the masterminds of the kidnapping were at large.
Ogar said, “Upon receipt of the report of Khamis’ abduction, this service immediately initiated an investigation. However, Khamis was released by his abductors on March 19, and dropped off in Ibadan, Oyo State.
“Ajibade, 29, who is a spare parts dealer, has confessed to participating in the process of luring and abducting Khamis. He was one of the guards that protected the victim in their Aboriogun village hideout.
“Akinkumi, a 29-year-old cameraman, who also practices voodoo, was one of the guards who kept Khamis in the hideout. Temitope aka Rasky is a 22-year-old sawmill worker who also guarded the victim while in custody.
“Lamidi is a 25-year-old sawmill operator, who took part in the abduction and keeping in illegal custody of the foreigner. Kashim is a 27-year-old motorcycle mechanic. Apart from guarding the hostage admitted to having taken the hostage on a motorcycle to Ibadan where he was eventually released.”
Ogar explained that, Adeleke (33) a driver also confessed to taking part in the abduction, adding that the suspects would be arraigned soon.
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