We got N12m as ransom before releasing Oniba of Ibaland- Suspected kidnappers

By Ifeanyi Okolie

Five members of the militant gang who carried out the recent abduction of Oniba of Ibaland, Oba Goriola Oseni, have been arrested by operatives of Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response team, IRT.

Vanguard gathered that the suspects, who were apprehended within Iba and Iyan-Ipaja areas of Lagos, were picked up few hours before and after the Oba was released from captive around 7:30pm last Saturday, by the IRT operatives who were deployed to Lagos State by the Acting Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris to assist the Lagos State Police Command.

From left: Toba Foreje and Isaiah Ofodomu, some of the Suspected Kidnapper of Oba Goriola Oseni, Oni of Iba-land in Iba Local Council Development Area[LCDA]  parading by Lagos state Governor and Commissioner of Police at Lagos House, Ikeja, Yesterday. Photo: Bunmi Azeez
From left: Toba Foreje and Isaiah Ofodomu, suspected kidnappers of Oba Goriola Oseni, Oniba of Iba-land in Iba Local Council Development Area[LCDA] paraded by Lagos state Governor and Commissioner of Police at Lagos House, Ikeja, yesterday. Photo: Bunmi Azeez.

Sources at the Lagos State Police Command also disclosed to Vanguard that Oba Oseni who was released after a ransom of N12million was allegedly paid to the militants, whose camp is located within the Ijegemo creek in Isheri area of Lagos State.

Vanguard learnt on Sunday, that the leader of the militant gang known as Duba Furejo, AKA, General Duba, a native of Arogbo in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State, was arrested 5: pm on Saturday, by operatives of the IRT led by CSP Abba Kyari, at Iyana-School area of Iba, while trying to flee to his home town in Ondo State.

His deputy, Ododomu Isaiah, was equally apprehended 6am on Sunday, in a bus park at Iyana-Ipaja area of Lagos, while attempting to board a bus going to Ondo State.

They were said to have confessed during interrogation to have taken part in the abduction of the Oba and several others recently and they also led the IRT operatives in arresting three informants who were residents of Iba Town that gave them information about the Oba and their other victims.

General Duba, was also said to have confessed that he has 20 foot soldiers in his camp but eight of them took part in the abduction of the Oba, adding that he got N1million from the N12million paid as ransom for the release of the Oba, while he received another N600,000 as his share from a N3.1million which was paid as ransom before an Igbo trader residing in Iba was released.

His deputy, was also said to have gotten N800,000 as his share on the Oba’s ransom and N400,000 from the Igbo trader’s ransom.

They also confessed that they gave N800,000 to the informant who gave them information about the Oba’s movements.

It was gathered that the militant camp was thrown into confusion when news of the arrest of General Duba filtered in.

They were said to have contemplated using the Oba a a bait to free their leader but one of them resisted and asked that the Oba be released.

It will be recalled that the 73 year old monarch was abducted by gunmen on Saturday, July 16, 2016, killing at least three persons including, Palace Security Guide, 72 year old, Sunday Okonlanwo.

The Oba’s wife, fondly called Iya Jelilat, who also sustained gunshot during the encounter was discharged from the hospital.

The kidnappers subsequently, contacted the family and demanded for N500 Million ransom for the release of the kidnapped monarch.

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