Customs Officer, Others Escapes Being Kidnapped

Hyacinth Chinweuba

Area ‘D’ Command of the of the Lagos state police command, Mushin, has foiled an attempt to kidnap a Deputy Comptroller of Customs, her younger brother and her son.

Acting under the directive of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Edgal Imohimi, the Area D Commander quickly assembled a decoy team which played along with a caller who had been calling Barrister Yisa Theophilus, the younger brother of the Deputy Comptroller of Customs.

The police team ran a quick check on the caller based on available information and found out that he was up to something sinister.

Investigation also revealed that aside being a notorious criminal in the area, the caller, later identified as Yomi Odudare, was into land selling business.

The detectives, intelligently called him pretending to want to engage his services and he agreed to meet with them at a project site in Ajah area of the state where he was promptly arrested.

During a brief interrogation at the scene of arrest, the suspect confessed that he has never met the lawyer nor any member of his family. He however said the idea to kidnap Barrister Yisa, his sister and her son came from one Olugbenga Kehinde Ojo, a former driver to the Deputy Comptroller’s uncle.

He also confessed that the idea was to kidnap the lawyer and force him to lure out his sister,  who is a Deputy Comptroller of Customs. He put a call to the said Olugbenga Kehinde Ojo and told him to link up with him, that he had successfully kidnapped the lawyer. He was happy and so he rushed to the  venue, straight into the waiting arms of police detectives investigating the case.

Both suspects took the police to a shanty, where they had already prepared as hostage den for their would be victims. Surrounded by water, the shanty is situated in Eleko, along Lekki/Epe expressway, Lagos.

According  to the newly promoted CSP Chike Oti, Lagos State Police Command Image Maker, it was the agreement of both suspects that in order to avoid the mistakes of the notorious kidnapper, Evans, the moment  any of their potential victims sights Olugbenga Ojo, a former employee of the Deputy Comptroller’s uncle, that person must be killed because they all know him.

Imohimi, due to this new development, has advised Lagosians to be wary of people who call them out for lucrative business deals as it might turn out to be a ploy to kidnap or harm them. He however assured that the Command will remain proactive in the fight against crimes and criminality in the state.

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