- The Nigeria police said it has arrested 35 suspects for kidnapping and other crimes across the country
- Notable among the arrested suspects is a pastor who said he embarked on the crime for the expansion of his church and charity works
- Another is a suspect arrested for the abduction and killing of a Nigerian US Soldier who came into Nigeria for holidays in 2017
Thirty-five (35) suspects involved in kidnapping, armed robbery and other heinous crimes across the country have been arrested by the police.
A statement by the Nigeria police indicates that the arrests were made by the operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
Some of the notable suspects include a criminally minded pastor, Adetokumbo Adenopo, a 52-year-old man and founder and general overseer of New Life Ministry, Lukosi, in Shagamu Area of Ogun state.
The police also arrested three other members of the pastor's gang.
The pastor confessed that he embarked on the crime for the expansion of his church and charity works.
One of his victims, an employee of a logistic company was kidnapped while on official duty to deliver goods.
The victim was kept in an underground cabin inside the pastor’s church building in Ogijo town, Ogun state by his abductors who demanded the payment of twenty million naira ransom as the condition for his release.
He was subsequently rescued unhurt by the police.
Similarly, the police also arrested one Udodiri Bright aka Ability, a 30-year-old male and native of Osuachara Village, Isiala Mbano LGA of Imo state and three others.
They were arrested in July for the abduction and killing of a Nigerian US Soldier, Chuks Okebata who came into Nigeria for holidays in his home town, Okigwe, Imo state in 2017.
Meanwhile, following the outrage generated by the harassment of a lady seen in a viral video on Wednesday, July 22, the police said officers involved had been identified and arrested.
The police made this known in a statement released by its spokesperson Frank Mba on Friday, July 24, describing the act as "discreditable and unprofessional".
Mba said three police officers and one civilian accomplice who engaged in the inhumane treatment of the victim have been identified.
The police PRO gave their names as ASP Tijani Olatunji and Inspr Gboyega Oyeniyi, adding that they have been arrested.
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