*Mothers, sons nabbed *Ifa shrine destroyed * three victims rescued
*By Emmanuel Edom*
A hitherto family secret business of luring and kidnapping unsuspecting Nigerian job seekers through enticing job offers in the social media has been exposed by the police in Lagos.
At the centre of the alleged criminal involvement in kidnapping of three victims, are a 60 years old ‘Ifa’ priest identified as Aminat Karimu Ajibola, his two sons, Akeem Bashiru, 32 years and Ojo Solomon, 26 years.
The families of three according to the police are “deadly bunch of kidnappers who thrives by using social medial to lure out their victims and put them in captivity until ransom is paid”.
The suspects, who operates from their detention camp, which also serves as an ‘Ifa’ shrine, located at No. 15, Irepodun street Egan, Igando, Lagos State, were said to have met their waterloo, when police operatives led by the Igando Divisional Police Office (DPO), CSP Taiwo Kasumu, stormed their den, after a complaint was lodged by a relative of one of the victims, Bridge Obazee.
When DPO Kasumu’s team busted the camp, Osahon Obazee, Ekwegbalu Augustine and Fadugbagbe Akindele. Resident of No. 7, Peace Crescent Salolo, Meiran, Lagos, were rescued.
It was gathered that Osahon was threatened to be killed unless the family pays a ransom of One Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N1,500,000.00) while Augustine was lured from Anambra State through social media, with a promise of a job placement in an oil company.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Chike Oti, the kidnappers had contacted a sister of Osahon over the ransom and warned her not to involve the police; else her brother would be killed.
Oti’s press release on Sunday stated that the victims had been held for two weeks by the kidnappers pending payment of the ransom by their families.
The release further added that Ojo the youngest member of the alleged kidnap family confessed that he was able to lure out the victims with the promise of getting them an employment and to some, a gay relationship.
“While my mother empowers us spiritually, she uses the charms (juju) to intimidate and in still fears in our victims”.
Oti further stated that the state commissioner of police, Mr. Edgal Imohimi, has warned criminal elements in the state, to repent or be busted, as Lagos is no hibernation ground for criminals.