From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan
A 22-year-old Fulani herdsman, Abubakar Mojumba, is in the net of Oyo State Police Command for allegedly kidnapping a 22-year-old woman, Sadiat Musa, and kept her in a thick forest, where he and his members raped her serially for three days.
He was one of the 16 suspects paraded by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abiodun Odude, at the state police headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan yesterday.
The other 15 suspects were arrested at different parts of the state for armed robbery and theft, and the following were recovered from them: Guns, cutlasses, local bulletproof jacket, mobile phones, wrist watches, expended cartridges, cars, motorcycles and so on.
Odude stated that the kidnapping suspect, Mojumba, was arrested on June 7, 2017, at about 0100hrs. The suspect, he said, “and others now at large conspired and kidnapped a 22-year old female victim from her residence at Elewuro village, Iganna to a thick forest in Iwere-Ile, where she was held hostage for three days and they sexually abused her before she was rescued from her abductors.
“While abducting the victim, the hoodlums also stole her husband’s motorcycle with which she was taken away. The suspect was later arrested with the assistance of the villagers while trying to negotiate ransom with victim’s family members.”
In a chat with newsmen, the kidnapping suspect, Mojumba, who spoke through an interpreter, confessed that he participated in the illegal operation because his gang members promised to give him motorcycle.
According to him, he joined three other persons to carry out the nefarious activity, saying four of them stormed the victim’s house at Elewuro village, Iganna on Oke Ogun axis of the state, robbed the family, abducted the woman and took her to a thick forest on a motorcycle owned by her husband.
The police boss in the state also paraded two members of notorious armed robbery gang, Janyu Bello, 25, and Aliyu Lawal, 20, who have been terrorising motorists and passengers on Iwere Ile – Igangan Road, Ado Awaye – Iseyin Road and other places in Oyo State.
Also paraded were members of four-man robbery gang allegedly responsible for the high level of armed robbery in Akobo, Egbeda, Olodo, Idi Iroko along Olorunda Road, and other places in Ibadan. The gang allegedly robbed 16 houses in three communities on June 3, this year.