A suspected kidnaper identified as Taofeek Lawal was arrested on Tuesday, October 15 by members of the Otunba Gani Adams-led Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The suspect, who hailed from Osogbo, Osun State confessed that he went into kidnapping business to sponsor his wife’s education in a higher institution in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
He also confessed that his targets were children between the ages of four and six years.
Lawal revealed that the ransom for any kidnapped child was N100,000 and that he successfully kidnapped three children in Osogbo and three in Lagos.
He said he sold his own child to take care of his family.
Lawal said his 15-man gang was working for politicians and a traditional ruler in Osun State whenever they needed their services.
“I have built two houses, a mosque and a church. I do take care of my family from what I do and my parents know about what I do,” he said.
The suspect further said that he had intended to quit the kidnapping but the said traditional ruler in Osogbo encouraged him to keep doing it.
He said he had been caught five times in Lagos and Osogbo, but that the traditional ruler in Osogbo was always securing his release.
An OPC official at Olaifa zone, Mr Babatunde Atiba, explained that the Congress got hint of the activities of the suspected kidnapper through a woman.
He said lawal had been handed over to the Oyo State Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for proper investigation and prosecution.