A man, who the police identified as a suspected kidnapper, has been accused of abducting a military officer on Saturday in Ogun State.
Police said the suspect and his colleagues, who were at large, reportedly kidnapped a Warrant Officer 2 military officer at about 11:30 pm on Friday and took him to their hideout in Alagbado, Lagos State, where they stripped him of his uniform, his identity card, his three Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards and his phone.
According to reports, the suspect was arrested at Odo Pako Ota, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government area of Ogun State.
The suspect, Waliu Oloyede, was nabbed after a distress call received by the DPO of Sango Ota Divisional Headquarters, CSP Godwin Idehai, that local vigilantes were having issues with an army officer in the area.
Upon the report, the DPO was said to have led his team to the scene where the suspect, who dressed in full military camouflage uniform with the rank of W02 was seen.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspect, who paraded himself in military uniform “could not give satisfactory account of himself and was apprehended and brought to the station.”
Oyeyemi stated that the suspect, who was said to have attempted to snatch a dane gun from a vigilante man, was unable to give account of how he got the military uniform, or address of the unit where he is serving, hence he was detained for impersonation.
“While in detention, police got information that the suspect and others at large abducted a W/O 2 military officer at about 11:30 pm of 16th July 2021and took him to their hideout in Alagbado, Lagos State, where he was stripped of his uniform, they collected his identity card, his three ATM cards and phone before the victim escaped from them,” Oyeyemi told newsmen on Monday.
The PPRO said “It was the victim’s uniform the suspect put on to commit another crime before he was arrested,” adding that the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the suspect to the anti-kidnapping unit of the state CIID for further investigation.