Police arrest ‘mastermind’ of Turkish school kidnappings

Alleged kidnapper of students of the Nigerian Turkish International College, Isheri

The Nigeria Police on Wednesday said they have arrested the mastermind of high-profile abductions in Ogun and Lagos States.

Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said in a statement Wednesday night that Joseph Omoni, a 38-year-old native of Ondo State, was arrested around 4:00 a.m. Tuesday following “relentless follow up” by the police.

Mr. Moshood said Mr. Omoni confessed to playing a critical role in the kidnapping of students and staff members of Turkish International College in Isheri, Ogun State, last month.

Five students and three staff of the Turkish school were kidnapped on January 13. They regained freedom on January 24, nearly two weeks later.

The statement also said Mr. Omoni disclosed his involvement in the abduction of a community leader in Isheri North Estate, Lagos, last week.

Police also traced the kidnapping of a woman, identified as Aisha Ali-Balogun, in Mile 2 area of Lagos on December 19, 2016, an incident that left one dead.

“Two (2) houses built from the ransom money by the suspect and one other gang member Aka Chairman have been identified and sealed off by the Police at Century Village Ogijo in Ogun State,” Mr. Jimoh said.

“Investigation is being intensified to arrest the remaining members of the gang who are still at large. The suspect will be arraigned in court on completion of the investigation.”


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  • Curseless

    Every state need to follow the example of Lagos State by recently signing into law capital punishment for any kidnapper. Enough of this nonsense

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  • Shahokaya

    These Ijaw ‘freedom fighters’ that have turned kidnapping into another oil bunkering business should all be sent to the gallows when arrested .


      No no no. This man is from Onto State. He is Yoruba. Dont blame the Ijaws when Yorubas commit crimes. Kidnapping is now pervasive in the West and the Yorubas must take responsibility

      • Peruzii

        Don’t you know that there are Ijaws in Ondo? The Arogbo IJaw and Apoi Ijaw they are not Yorubas but occupy a local government in Ondo. Look at the name again and do a simple research you will know that most of the guys cought for this kidnapping are from that part of Ondo state

        • Holy truth

          U are right bro.

  • bulus

    Charged to court??!! I don’t like how that sounds, especially coming from the Nigeria police…get back the remnants of the cash, round up every cockroach remotely connected to this gang and hang or shoot them…we need to treat this kidnapping issue with brutal dispatch… I don’t trust the police, that’s the last we’d hear of this guy, even if it goes to trial one judge will continue to adjourn the case sometimes as long as 10yrs, we have numerous examples…once they’re caught you kill them, simple! Why waste govt time and money on this mosquito, get rid of him immediately so his likes can get the signal but court??? They’ll up their price and make provisions for bribing and hiring of lawyers…I truly don’t get understand this country, kidnapping is a national emergency in a third world jungle like Nigeria yet we talk of court we all know doesn’t work..no wonder the menace is increasing on a daily basis, buses, children, everyone is a potential victim, Kaduna express, okene, lokoja road have become hell, east is no go area, west, no where is safe and the idiots are talking about courts..