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Kidnapped American International School Student Freed; Kidnapper Killed

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April 29, 2013 – Kidnapped American International School Student Olufolabi Adeniji Released; Kidnapper Killed

Lagos State Police Command has rescued Olufolabi Adeniji, the 16-year-old pupil of American International School, who was kidnapped on April 16, 2013.

According to police authorities, the victim was found in a bush in Ilaro area of Ogun State on Friday.

PUNCH Metro had reported on April 18 that the victim was being driven to school by his parents’ driver, John Adebayo, when he was kidnapped.

It was also reported that the parent’s vehicle was later found at the Palms Shopping Mall, Lekki, while the driver and the boy’s whereabouts were unknown.

But police investigations had revealed that Adebayo masterminded the kidnap.

It was learnt that the kidnappers contacted the victim’s parents and demanded N60m as ransom.

The police were said to have traced the suspects to Ilaro where they combed for two days.

It was learnt that the family were able to convince the kidnappers to accept N5m and in the process of collecting the ransom, they were arrested.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, said the operation was carried out by policemen attached to Ikoyi Division.

She said, “The driver was the one that opened the door of the vehicle and allowed the other kidnappers to enter the vehicle. The kidnappers pointed a gun at the victim’s head and took him to a bush in Ilaro.

“After the matter was reported at Ikoyi Division, the Divisional Police Officer, Aisha Haruna, began investigations to the matter and convinced the parents of the victim not to pay ransom.

“Policemen in plain clothes got to Ilaro and after two days, they found the location of the kidnappers.

“Around 4am on Friday, policemen spotted the suspects in the bush. On seeing the policemen, one of the suspects stabbed a policeman twice in the head.

“The suspect was shot and killed immediately while the three other suspects were arrested.

“The suspects revealed the location of the boy and he was rescued in good health.”

Our correspondent learnt that the slain suspect was the sibling of the driver.

Braide seized the opportunity to warn members of the public never to pay ransom in the event that any of their loved was kidnapped.

“It is because families of victims hurriedly pay ransom that is why kidnappers are having a field day. People should have faith in the police to do our jobs and kidnapping will become a thing of the past,” she said.

[Story courtesy of Punch]



  1. mulikat

    April 29, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    God will save Nigeria and save our Nigeria Police,live Police to do their work, not all Police are bad,in every work their is bad ege.Driver and is family plane to kidnap is oga child that come for holiday to see is father land, they are giving nigeria bad name in the world.Nr-in Kidnapping,Nr-1-Robber,Nr-1 in Ritualist,Nr-1 in Boko Harm,Nr-1 in Religion fight,Nr-1-in Tribal Fight ,Nr-1- in Corupption and Nr-1 in 24 0 7 no light.the worse thing after the family hurried pay ramson ,some even is credit the kidnaper will sill kill thier victim,so is better put everything in hand of God and Police.

  2. wunmi

    April 29, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    what a pathetic event, All these is as a result of poverty, moreso the policemen has really tried but they were able to discover the kidnappers because i think the kidnappers were new in it and it is not National case kidnap. So they should not be too happy….And concerning the Ransom payment, if it is not paid how will they get them arrested. All the same they should temper justice with mercy.

  3. Bee

    April 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Dat was well said, it is not good for member of d public to rush to pay ransom, bcos dey still kill some victims even though der families pay d ransom. example chrley boy’s cousin and d pregnant woman dat dat group kidnapped were eventually killed after dey collected ransom from dem.

  4. Its well

    April 29, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Cudos to de Npf. but we should beware of our driver and securities

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