- The police promises to give N30 million to any Nigerian who provides information that leads to the arrest of a wanted kidnap kingpin identified simply as Evans
- The Lagos state commissioner of police, Fatai Owoseni, says the command had traced the wanted kidnapper to his hideout at Igando area of Lagos last Friday, May 12, but he fled before their arrival
- Fatai Owoseni also disclose that another kidnappers' den belonging to the kingpin was uncovered at Ijegemo creeks, Festac Town
The Nigeria Police Force has placed a N30 million bounty on the head of a wanted kidnap kingpin identified simply as Evans.
The Lagos state commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, told newsmen on Tuesday, May 16, that a N30 million reward, awaits anyone who gives information that leads to the arrest of the elusive Evans.
“We are encouraging Nigerians to blow the whistle on this kidnapper.
“Whoever blows the whistle that will lead to his arrest will get a N30 million reward, as stated by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris,” the commissioner said.
Vanguard reports that operatives of the Lagos state police command had traced the wanted kidnapper to his hideout at Igando area of Lagos last Friday, May 12, but he fled before their arrival, abandoning a catchment of arms.
Following the raid on the hideout, the police recovered four AK-47 riffles; two automatic pistols; four magazines loaded with 60 rounds of ammunitions each; 1,272 ammunition, 59 AK-47 ammunition; a police bullet-proof vest; a Toyota Hiace bus, suspected to be the gang’s operational vehicle, and a motorcycle.
Fatai Owoseni also disclosed that another kidnappers den belonging to the kingpin was uncovered at Ijegemo creeks, Festac Town, with the recovering of some arms and ammunition.
The police boss said like the Igando raid, no arrest was made as the kidnappers, who apparently sighted the operatives from far, fled the creeks in their speed boats.
Fatai Owoseni said a N30 million bounty has been placed on the head of a wanted kidnap kingpin identified simply as Evans.
However, he disclosed that two suspects, who were later arrested, confessed to be members of Evan’s kidnap gang.
Owoseni said: “Evans has been on the wanted list of the Police in Anambra, Edo and Lagos states, for four years. The suspects arrested have given us valuable information, which the Command is working on to ensure that he is apprehended by all means.
“The Command is already doing what is necessary in accordance with the laws of Lagos State on kidnapping. That is by taking over the house used by Evans to keep abducted victims or demolish it.”
Meanwhile, Niran Ikuomola, a medical doctor and permanent secretary of the Ondo state hospital management board, and his driver have been reportedly abducted by gunmen.
The two men were abducted on Sunday, May 14, by the unknown gunmen along the Lokoja-Abuja expressway.
Sahara Reporters reports that the victims were kidnapped while driving towards the Federal Capital Territory for an official engagement.
Onlinenigeria.com gathered that Roland Arohunmolase, the secretary of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), confirmed the abduction.
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