▪︎ It was a painstakingly discreet investigation – Oyo CP Olukolu
▪︎I got 20k for taking care of the twins while in captivity, female member
▪︎It was the devil’s work, love of money- Mastermind
▪︎We eat in the same plate yet they stabbed me in the back – Sheikh Akeugbagold
The Oyo State Police Command on Monday paraded seven suspected criminals in connection with the abduction of Sheikh Taofeeq Akeugbagold’s twins.
Parading the suspected criminals at the Police Command Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Olukolu Olushina said;
“I will like to inform the public that the sensational case of the kidnapping of the 2-year old twins of Sheikh Taofeek Azeez Akeugbagold on 25th of April, 2020, all the suspects have been arrested with substantial parts of the ransom collected, the gun used for the operation, the two operational vehicles, and one motorcycle were recovered from them.”
CP Olukolu who gave the names of the suspects as Ridwan Taiwo (30), Rafiu Mutiu (35), Olumide Ajala (36), Rafiu Modinat, female (29), Bashiru Mohammed (33), and Opeyemi Oyeleye (25), stated that the suspected criminals were arrested based on the painstaking detailed discreet investigation that traversed several States including Adamawa and Sokoto and in the process, the members of the notorious kidnapping syndicate were arrested.
Rafiu Modinat who is the only female member within the kidnapping syndicate was detailed to take care of the babies while in a one-week captivity. She was arrested in her hideout in Ibadan in connection with the crime and she has confessed to haven collected twenty thousand naira from the ransom after they had successfully completed their crime.
Since the suspected criminals have confessed to the crime, they will soon be charged to court for proper trial CP Kolu explained.
Speaking with the Daily Independent, one of the suspects Opeyemi Oyeleye, who happens to be one of the casual workers of Sheikh Akeugbagold, confessed to the crime.
He said, “I was working with the Sheikh as his social media staff, though on casual basis. The Sheikh was paying me well. I even had the privilege to work outside whenever there is a need for me to do so. Myself and my gang here all teamed up to kidnapped the twins. It was I and my second Bashiru Mohammed that initiated the kidnapping process, and we invited the rest to assist us. We did this just because of the love of money, and at the same time, I can say it’s the work of the devil. I beg the authorities to please help us, we have all regretted our actions.”
In his own account, the father of the kidnapped twins, Sheikh Akeugbagold, said, “I have always been good enough to those people, I don’t even think they can come and do that to me and my household. I employed the mastermind of the crime, Opeyemi, few weeks ago to help manage my social media accounts and we had agreed on a certain amount. I promised to pay him N50,000. I also do pay him two thousand naira on a daily basis. Likewise, I give One thousand naira to Bashiru, after they might have broken their fast with me right in my house. At times, we eat together in the same plate. I have also paid part of the agreed payment for their studio and I intend to still pay N200,000 for the job well done.”
“I can’t believe they can do such a thing to me. They knew my movements. I like Yemi because of his brilliance and the kinds of advice he gives whenever we are talking. I don’t know he could mastermind such evil against me,” Sheikh Akeugbagold said.
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