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25.03.2021 Justice ‘Policemen from Force Headquarters’ Kidnap Ondo Man, Demand N500,000 Ransom

Published 25th Mar, 2021

By Damilola Ayeni

Yemi Fasipe, a youth leader in Ondo State, has written a petition to the Assistant Inspector General of Police over the abduction of Temidayo Iluyemi by men of the Intelligence Unit of the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

Iluyemi was abducted from his home in Oba-Ile, Akure, the state capital, by five policemen who appeared in a Volkswagen Sharon Van. The officers who took Iluyemi to an unknown location also took his car and demanded for N500,000 ransom before he could be released.

“Some policemen claiming to be ACP Abba Kyari boys from Force Headquarters Intelligence in Abuja adducted a man in his home in Oba-Ile, Akure,” Fasipe told FIJ.

“After I was contacted by the man’s wife, I called the attention of the Police Public Relations Officer in Ondo and we went to Ijapo Police Station in Akure, where they detained the innocent man.

“The DPO said that the rogue policemen were from Force Intelligence and that they didn’t tell him what the man’s offence was. They just dumped him in his station and left to return in two days.”

Although the police officers accused Iluyemi of kidnapping and illegal possession of firearms, one of them, while speaking with the PPRO on phone, confirmed that no arm was found in his possession and that he was not a kidnapper. Consequently, the PPRO instructed the DPO not to release the victim to the rogue police officers.

“But I got a call from Iluyemi’s brother on Wednesday morning, informing me that the police officers went to the station, cuffed and took him to an unknown location,” Fasipe said.

The policemen took Iluyemi to Ilesha road, where they released him after N250,000 ransom was paid.

In the petition through his solicitors, Fasipe asked that the accused officers be produced and sanctioned accordingly.

“We urge that the unknown policemen should be produced by the Inspector-General of Police and all documentation done at the State Headquarters of Police in Akure should be produced for necessary identification of the erring officers,” the petition reads in part.  

“It is further urged that the police should do everything possible to intercept these men and ensure that the full wrath of the law is brought down upon them for their unprofessional conducts as policemen, having acted in manner akin to that of notorious kidnappers.”

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Published 25th Mar, 2021

By Damilola Ayeni

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