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Suspected kidnappers flee to Ghana

26 April 2013, 11:09

Lagos - The Police in Lagos on Thursday said three of the four suspects who allegedly kidnapped Kehinde Bamigbetan, Chairman, Ejigbo Local Council Development Area in Lagos had fled to Ghana.

The Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, added that the Nigeria Police Force had contacted its Ghanaian counterpart for their arrest.

Manko stated that one of Bamigbetan's kidnappers died of some injuries he sustained while attempting to flee from police in a hotel.

"We got information that the gang was in a hotel. A team of police, led by SP Abba Kyari, stormed the hotel in company of the deceased's girl friend who was arrested earlier," he said.

He alleged that the suspect jumped out through the window of a three story hotel building, when he noticed that his girl friend was with police and broke his legs.

 "He eventually died as a result of the injuries sustained," he added.

Manko expressed optimism that those on the run would be caught, adding that investigation was still ongoing.

The police chief said some weapons and ammunition, including three AK47 rifles, 11 AK47 magazines  loaded with 30 rounds of live ammunition, were recovered.

 "While I agree that there are few cases of kidnapping in recent times, I don't believe they are on the rampage.

"When we face challenges, we find a way to tackle them.

"We have gone after the kidnappers in the state and we have started recording our progress.

"During the investigation, we discovered that these kidnappers that we arrested migrated from the East and we have identified their camps at Ikorodu.

"But unfortunately, when we got there, none of the victims were there," Manko said.

Meanwhile, one of the suspects from Ebonyi admitted to taking part in the different kidnapping operations carried out since February.

"With the first and second operations, we made N1 million and I got N100,000 as my share but we made N2 million in the third and fourth operation," the suspect said.



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