Four suspects allegedly involved in the Kidnap of a Syrian national, Lungyn Camal, at Eko Atlantic, in Victoria Island, has been arrested by operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Lagos State Police Command.
The suspects, Ayeni John, 45, Tijani Gafari, 38, Ojonla Oyetakin, 30, and Paul Orimisan,38, were alleged to have been responsible for many high profile kidnap cases and robberies on the waterways.
Daily Times gathered that Preliminary investigations revealed Camal, a contractor was travelling by boat on April 12, when the suspects intercepted his boat on the waterways.
Camal was whisked to an unknown destination, but later released after the payment of ransom in millions of naira.
The suspect were arrested on July 24, after operatives received intelligence about their activities.
Parading the suspects at the Command headquarters in Ikeja, the State Police boss, Commissioner of Police (CP) Hakeem Odumosu, revealed the suspects had earlier kidnapped two men, Salisu Mansur and Christopher Chinda at Landmark beach.
Odumosu revealed that a staff of Eko Atlantic plotted the crime with the suspects.
He said: “ The suspects are from Ondo state, and were arrested based on credible intelligence gotten by operatives from the Command’s Anti-kidnapping unit. The gang is responsible for series of kidnapping for ransom and robberies on Lagos waterways.
“ On March 12, the same gang kidnapped one Lungyn Camal, a Syrian citizen at Eko Atlantic, all on the waterways. They confessed to the crimes, and the suspects will be charged to Court.”
However, the suspects denied involvement in the criminal act, maintaining one Job, masterminded the act.
Ayeni, a self-acclaimed International businessman, and a boat driver, said he was contacted by one Job to take the gang to the said location where the victims were kidnapped.
“ A man who I later got to know was called Job, hired my boat from Liverpool in Apapa around 12noon, to a beach. Around 5p.m., the man asked me to take him back, and paid me N50,000. I did not have a hand in the kidnap, my boat was only hired, ” he said.
Orimisan attributed the misfortune to Job. He said Job had tricked them during the Amnesty Programme.
The suspect said: “ Ayeni and I were arrested when we were coming from Badagry. Job is a dangerous man, he deceived us during the amnesty programme, took our rifles and promised to give us money but he never did. He is the one that implicated us in this crime, I am not a part of the gang. ”
In a related development, the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Command also arrested three kidnap for ransom suspects.
The suspects, Ugochukwu Stanley, 25, Ayodele Ismaila, 28, and Elochukwu Nwabuwa, 28, were also notorious for snatching and selling off vehicles of victims at Benin Republic.
The Lagos CP said the suspects had on June 20, monitored a white woman, one Denise Chukwueke, around Lekki area and abducted her with her Range Rover sport car.
“ They released her after ransom was paid. They took her gold chain, rings, phones and the Range Rover. They were arrested at Falomo Bridge Ikoyi by Anti-kidnapping operatives and the stolen items were recovered.
“ The syndicate specialized in abducting high profile targets, dispossessed them of their valuables and collect ransom before releasing them. Their major targets were the luxury vehicles, which they mostly moved to Benin Republic to sale, ” the CP said.