Men from the Ogun State Police Command rescued a suspected internet scammer, Haruna Usman, kidnapped by colleagues for withholding earnings.
Our correspondent deduced that the kidnapped fraudster allegedly released N2,200,000 of N26,437,950 to other members of his fraud syndicate allegedly obtained from a victim in the state.
The Public Relations officer of the Police in the state, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, revealed this in a statement on Thursday.
Oyeyemi said the four suspected Internet scammers, popularly known as yahoo boys, were arrested on Monday.
It said the suspects, Agbe Simeon, Messiah Nicky, Oladapo Dolapo and Yetunde Shonola were arrested in the village of Orile-Imo in the Obafemi Owode local government area of the state.
PPRO said his arrest followed a tip received by police at the Owode Egba division headquarters that Usman had been kidnapped since last week on Thursday and was still being held hostage somewhere in Orile-Imo.
Oyeyemi said that “according to the information, the DPO Owode-Egba division, CSP Popoola Olasunkanmi, quickly mobilized their men and stormed the area, where four of the kidnappers were detained while two others escaped.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and the suspects belong to an internet fraud syndicate and they recently scammed someone whose identity is not yet known for the sum of N26,437,950, but the victim (suspect) only handed over the sum of #2,200,000 to his other colleagues, alleging that the money has not been paid in full by his client.
“This angered his colleagues, who then lured him to a herbalist’s home in Orile-Imo and held him hostage there from Thursday, December 22, 2022, threatening to kill him there if he refused to give them his full share.
“But while they were there, the information reached the police who moved in, rescued the victim and detained four of the kidnappers, while others escaped.”
However, Oyeyemi said Police Commissioner Lanre Bankole has ordered the suspects to be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department’s Anti-Kidnapping unit for further investigation and possible prosecution.