The Nigeria Police has paraded two men in connection with the recent kidnap of the monarch of Iba community in Lagos State, Oba Goriola Oseni.
The parade of the two suspects- Joba Forijo and Isaiah Ododomu (both from Ondo state) came few hours after Oba Oseni regained freedom from the den of his captors.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni while shedding light on the development said the suspects were arrested as a result of combined efforts from the state police command and response team from the nation’s capital- Abuja.
No ransom paid
Contrary to reports that N17 million ransom was paid before the traditional ruler was released, Mr Owoseni denied any payment as he insisted that it was not a matter of ransom but about the safe rescue of the king.
“We’ve always reiterated that it is not about whether ransom is paid or not, if it is about ransom, suspects will not be arrested, what I will say is that the combined efforts of the team from Lagos and the Inspector General’s team special team from Abuja have paid off, what is important is that Kabiyesi is back in his palace and he is in good health,” the police boss stressed.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode described as a sacrilege, the kidnap of a monarch in the land.
Governor Ambode whose address was delivered by the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Mr Adeniji Kazeem commended the security operatives for their efforts in ensuring the safe rescue of the traditional ruler adding that the suspects would be prosecuted for kidnapping and murder.
While answering further questions from journalists, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Steve Ayorinde said the state government would leave no stone unturned in protecting not only the traditional institutions in the state, but to ensure security of lives and property of all residents of the state.
One of the suspects, Isaiah Ododomu who identified himself as an Ijaw man, said he was initially into bunkering business before he and his cohorts veered into kidnapping.
Ododomu confessed to collection of 12 million naira as first tranche of the ransom by the nine man kidnap ring.
According to him, the gang was demanding for more money from the family before the operation was busted.
The suspect added that an additional 3.1 million was brought to the group by the family members before luck ran out on the duo while the remaining seven were still at large.
Aiding the King
Although, the monarch was reported to have paddled himself on boat to his community, Ododomu said he provided assistance for the safe return of Oba Oseni.
“I was the one who put the king on a boat from the creeks, the other members wanted to allow him go on his own but I insisted on assisting him,” Ododomu maintained.
It will be recalled that the monarch of Iba community, Oba Gorilla Oseni was kidnapped on the 16th of July, 2016 during which two persons were killed.