The 16 herdsmen who allegedly kidnapped WAEC officials in Kishi area of Oyo state have been arrested by the state’s police command. The State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude said the suspects were finally arrested by policemen who worked closely with local vigilante in an operation that lasted for 10 days. Odude revealed that the herdsmen were allegedly picked as a gang from Zamfara State by a kingpin who is also from Zamfara and still on the run. The police boss continued saying the men kidnapped others and killed some despite having collected huge sums of cash as ransom. “A deadly dare devil murderous itinerant armed robbery and kidnap gang had been terrorizing the peaceful town of Kishi , Igboho and Igbeti in Oyo State, killing innocent victims after dispossessing them of their valuables,” he said.
“The hoodlums, numbering about 25 , who are mainly herdsmen, were recruited by one Kire, a notorious armed robbery kingpin from Zmfara State. They hide their victims in their seemingly impregnable fortress at the Old Oyo National Park for some days before freeing them after collecting huge ransom from their distraught and helpless family members. “Working with a local vigilante in the area, the police, after receiving a report about the gang’s activities, busted the gang and three suspected members arrested. “They are Mohammed Kote, 25, Mohammad Legi , 26 and Kire Babuga, 20. They were arrested in their criminal hideout along Kishi/Igboho road and inside the Old Oyo National Park, Igbeti.”He concluded by saying 16 members have been nabbed while the police are still working hard to see to the arrest of the others. Photo Credit: Getty