Lagos Police foil planned kidnap of customs officer

The suspected kidnappers [Photo: @rrslag]

The police in Lagos have said detectives attached to Area-D-Command, Mushin, foiled an attempt to kidnap a Deputy Comptroller of Customs, her younger brother and son on Saturday.

The information was relayed by the rapid response squad’s official Twitter handle, @rrslagos767 on Monday.

The identity of the officer was not revealed in the tweets.

According to the police, the suspected kidnappers had reached out to Yisa Theophilus, the brother of the deputy controller, under the pretense of a land deal.

The suspected kidnapper was identified as Yomi Odudare, who is allegedly known as a “notorious criminal”.

Mr Odudare when nabbed confessed to the police that he had connived with Olugbenga Kehinde Ojo, a former driver to the Deputy Comptroller’s uncle, to kidnap the victims.

See the story as shared by the Lagos police on their Twitter below:

The police explained how it nipped the crime in the bud.

Acting on the directives of CP Imohimi Edgal, the Area D Commander assembled a decoy team, which played along with a caller who had been calling Mr Theophilus.

A quick check by police on the caller’s identity revealed that he had a sinister motive. It was also discovered that aside being a notorious criminal in the area, the caller, later discovered to be Mr Odudare, was into land selling business (omonile). The police played along.

On the agreed date for the land deal, detectives went along with Mr Theophilus. They met the suspect at a project site in Ajah, Lagos, called Fara-Park and he was promptly arrested.

The suspect confessed that he has never met the lawyer nor any member of his family. He said that the idea to kidnap Mr Theophilus, his sister and her son came from one Olugbenga Kehinde Ojo, a former driver to the Deputy Comptroller’s uncle.

He added that the idea was to kidnap the lawyer and force him to lure out his sister.

The suspect later (prompted by the police) called Mr Ojo to inform him that he had successfully kidnapped the lawyer. He (Ojo) rushed to the scene, where he was arrested.

The suspects took the police to a shanty, surrounded by water, in Eleko, along Lekki/Epe Expressway, Lagos, which they had prepared as a hostage ground for their would be victims.

Meanwhile, Mr Edgal advised Lagosians to be wary of people who call them out for lucrative business deals as it might turn out to be a ploy to kidnap or harm them.

He added that the command would remain proactive in the fight against crime in the state.

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