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A gang of kidnappers who seized a Lebanese businessman in Podo area of Ibadan has been arrested by the Oyo State Police Command.

The kidnappers, Joseph Udoma, 35, Mathew Egbulu, 23, Samuel Agu, 32, and Monday Omugbe stormed the blockmaking company of the Lebanese, Elias Bashour, after an accomplice now at large had supplied the information needed to gain entrance into the premises. After robbing workers of their valuables, which included money and mobile telephones, they kidnapped Bashour and took him to a forest along Ijebu Ode road.

The state Commission of Police, Abiodun Odude, said that the criminals were however unlucky because they had yet to make contact with the family of their victim before the police caught up with them in their hideouts in Ogun State.

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He said “On September 13, 2017 at about 10.30 pm a five-man kidnap syndicate invaded a block making industry at Podo area of Ibadan and robbed workers of their mobile telephones, cash and other valuable property. The gang, armed with guns and other dangerous weapons kidnapped Bashour, who is a Lebanese and who is the owner of the industry.

“They took him away to an unknown place. As soon as information got to the police, patrol teams along the Ibadan-Ijebu-Ode axis were alerted and they went after them. They were forced to abandon the vehicle conveying them and the victim. The suspects escaped to the bus but the vehicle was recovered.

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“After investigation, three members of the gang were eventually arrested at their criminal hideouts in Ilese, via Ijebu-Ode and Ibiade waterside in gun State. They disclosed that a member at large named Sunday supplied the information and coordinated the operation that led to the adoption of the victim.”

One of the kidnappers said that the Lebanese begged them to release him and that he would give the huge amount of money but they feared that he could involve the police at the point of collecting the money from him.

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