Police arrests Kogi Judge, Samuel Obayomi’s kidnappers

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The Kogi State Police Command said yesterday that it had killed Aliyu Isa, aka Osama, the leader of a gang, which kidnapped a High Court judge, Justice Samuel Obayomi.
It said it arrested other members of the gang.

The command said the late Osama was one of those, who escaped from the Koto-Karfe Prison during a jailbreak last year.

Police Commissioner Samuel Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, who paraded 13 suspected criminals at the command headquarters in Lokoja, said Osama, who died during a crossfire, was out on a vengeance mission and recruited others to eliminate his targets.

He said some of Osama’s targets included a petrol marketer he worked with and the judge.

Ogunjemilusi said the deceased and his colleagues attacked the petrol marketer and his workers at a filling station and killed the manager and one of the workers.

He said a Barretta pistol found on Osama belonged to the late orderly of the judge, Cpl. Usman Isah, who was kidnapped.

The police boss added that the late Osama was one of those who escaped from jail where he was serving 10 and 15 years terms.

He said: “The deceased manager of the filling station and the corporal, before he was assigned to the judge, were key witness and investigation police officer in the case that led to the imprisonment of the late suspect.”

Ogunjemilusi added that the judge, who was kidnapped on May 25 and released on June 27, presided over the suspect’s case.

Also paraded was Bolaji Agbaje Williams, who claimed he was employed as a security guard at the cave where the High Court judge was kept for over three weeks.

Williams, who confessed that he joined the gang recently and was assigned to watch the victim, said he hailed from Ijebu Ode in Ogun State.

The command paraded a gang comprising Fulani herdsmen, which specialised in kidnapping fellow herdsmen.

The suspects, Idris Mohammed Jafaru, Shehu Haruna and Yunusa Ahmadu, confessed to having made over N1.5million from crimes.

The police commissioner said the suspects would be arraigned.

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