- The kidnap gang is led by 60-year-old mother and chief priestess Aminat Karimu Ajibola
- Aminat is supported by her two songs Akeem and Ojo, aged 32 and 26 years old
- They specialize in luring victims with promises of employment in top companies and more
- Two victims were rescued from their den at Igando area of Lagos
The Lagos State Police Command has announced the arrest of a bunch of kidnappers who abduct unsuspecting victims and force huge ransoms out of their families in the metropolitan city.
The kidnappers consisted of a 60-year-old mother Aminat Karimu Ajibola and her two sons Akeem Bashir and Ojo Solomon, aged 32 and 26 years respectively.
The Rapid Response Squad unit of the Lagos police command said in a statement signed its spokesman CSP Chike Oti on Sunday, September 9 that the trio were arrested on Saturday, September 7, 2018 after a kidnap-for-ransom 'deal' went wrong.
The statement said police "busted a kidnappers' den located at No.15, Irepodun street, Egan, Igando, Lagos, operated by a mother, Aminat Karimu Ajibola, age 60 years and her two sons, Akeem Bashiru, 32 years and Ojo Solomon, 26 years.
"The family is a deadly bunch of kidnappers who thrives by using the social media to lure out their victims and put them in captivity until a ransom is paid.
"The trio met their waterloo when one Ms. Bridget Obazee, approached the Divisional Police Officer in charge Igando Police station, CSP Taiwo Kasumu at about 0400hrs of 07/09/2018 and complained to him that her brother, one Osahon Obazee, has been missing for days and that the kidnappers were threatening to kill him unless they pay a one million, five hundred thousand Naira ( N1, 500,000.00) ransom. She added that they warned her not to involve the police else her brother will be killed.
"The DPO quickly contacted the Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal, who reinforced his team with men drafted from the Intelligence Unit of the Command and together, they left in search of the victim.
"Same day, at about 1100hrs, through discreet investigation, the following suspects were arrested at the aforementioned address, namely, Aminat Kareem Ajibola, a Chief Priestess and custodian of an Ifa shrine, her two sons, Akeem Bashiru and Ojo Solomon."
Two victims were also rescued from the deadly family of kidnappers.
The statement added: "Also rescued during the operation, were two other victims found in the apartment, namely, Fadugbagbe Akindele, male, of No.7 Peace Crescent Salolo, Meiran, Lagos and one Ekwegbalu Augustine who was lured all the way from Anambra state with the promise of a job placement in an Oil company. They had been held for weeks by the kidnappers pending payment of ransom by their families . All those rescued had been identified and reunited with their relations.
"During interrogation, the youngest member of the family of kidnappers, Ojo Solomon confessed that he was able to lure out the victims with the promise of getting them an employment and to some, a gay relationship. While his mother empowers him and his brother spiritually, she uses the charms (Juju) to intimidate and instill fear in their victims."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported earlier that starting from September 13, 2018, the trial of alleged billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike better known as Evans, and his co-defenders will commence fully before Justice Adedayo Akintoye of the Lagos high court in Igbosere.
The trial had been put on hold since June 26, 2018, as a result of the annual vacation of judges.
It was learnt that the judges of the Lagos state high court proceeded on their annual vacation on July 16, and would be resuming on Tuesday, September 11.
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