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‘I Used Ransom From My Victims To Sponsor My Wife’s Education – Kidnap Suspect Confesses

Members of the Otunba Gani Adams-led Oodua People’s Congress (OPC),
on Tuesday, October 15th arrested a suspected kidnapper in Ibadan, the
Oyo State capital.

The suspected kidnapper, who identified himself as Taofeek Lawal,
said he hailed from Osogbo, Osun State.  Lawal confessed he had been
engaged in the kidnapping business to sponsor his wife’s education in a
higher institution in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

The suspect, who confessed that his targets were children between the
ages of four and six years, said the ransom for any kidnapped child was
N100,000. According to him, he had successfully kidnapped three
children in Osogbo and three in Lagos, and had sold his own child to
take care of his family.

Lawal said his 15-man gang was working for politicians and a
traditional ruler in Osun State whenever they needed their services. “I
have built two houses, a mosque and a church. I do take care of my
family from what I do and my parents know about what I do,” he said.

The suspect further said that he had intended to quit the kidnapping
but the said traditional ruler in Osogbo encouraged him to keep doing
it. He said he had been caught five times in Lagos and Osogbo, but that
the traditional ruler in Osogbo was always securing his release.

An OPC official at Olaifa zone, Mr Babatunde Atiba, explained that
the Congress got hint of the activities of the suspected kidnapper
through a woman. Lawal has been handed over to the Oyo State Nigeria
Security Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for proper investigation and

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Last Updated: October 16, 2019

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