The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Muhammad Katsina, on Tuesday said that his command had discovered another kidnappers’ den at Oyagbe area in Oyo town.
Katsina said this at a news briefing in Ibadan where some suspects linked with the crime were paraded.
The hideout was said to have been a deserted hotel whose owner was now in police custody.
Katsina said that men of the state command had arrested five suspects in connection with the crime.
The commissioner also told newsmen that a victim, Husseni Sani, was rescued from the den of the kidnappers.
He said that the kidnappers came from Benin Republic and moved to Kwara before finally settling in Atiba Local Government Area of Oyo State.
“Today we are happy to announce that a ground breaking discovery was made yet again and this time in Oyo town where some wicked individuals kidnapped a fellow human for ransom.
“We have so far arrested five people connected with the crime, including the hotelier and the victim who is now in our custody,” he said.
But the owner of the hotel said the suspects had approached him for a three-room accommodation for two weeks and paid a deposit of N5,000.
He said that he had no idea that they were kidnappers and that he got to know about their activities when the police came to arrest him.
The victim, a cattle rearer from Ikoyi Ile in Kajoola Local Government Area, said that he was kidnapped at Ogbomoso and was fed on rice for 14 days
Sani said that the kidnappers had demanded N1 million and threatened to kill him and his elder brother if he was unable to pay.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, who had earlier spoken to newsmen in Oyo, thanked the police and other security agencies for their swift action in arresting the suspects.
The traditional ruler, however, called on residents to always inform the police when they suspect suspicious movements in their environment.
“I have to say at this juncture that it is everybody’s duty to alert the security agencies over the happenings in their environment, ” he said.(NAN)