Following the incessant acts of kidnapping along Ilesa/Akure express road in Osun state, residents of various communities in the area have called for the prosecution of arrested suspects in connection with a recent kidnapping in the area.
Recall that three travellers were kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Monday, January 18, at Omo Ijesa along the express road, leading to the arrest of seven suspected accomplices during a search and rescue operation by the combined team of Hunters, Vigilante, OPC, and Police.
Meanwhile, residents of the communities along the express road including, Erin Ijesa, Erin Oke, Erinmo Ijesa, Omo Ijesa and Iwaraja in Oriade local government area of the state have asked the security operatives to ensure that the suspects face the full wrath of the law.
In a statement issued under the aegis of Coalition of Concerned Youths of Oriade and signed by Alani Ogundipe disclosed that one of the suspects identified as ‘Jombo’ has become a source of worry for the community due to his repeated involvement in criminal activities.
“As resident of these communities, we find necessary that one of the suspects called Jombo’ has for many years been disturbing the peace of the people of the area. The communities had in the past appealed to the police authorities to bail it from the man who had been arrested several times on alleged criminal activities and illegal possession of firearms.
“Jombo was at different times alleged of using the illegal title to sell peoples land without authorisation, but surprisingly, he somehow gets off the hook whenever he was arrested by the police. It is on record that he was arraigned in court and remanded in prison custody in March 2014 for illegal possession of a rifle.
“It is also disturbing and pathetic that activities of kidnappers is fast becoming a norm in the area. The latest was on last Sunday night, January 17, when some suspected gunmen abducted travellers along Omo/Erin-Ijesa road.
“Sources from the security circle hinted us that, ‘Jombo’ is among the arrested abductors for allegedly conspiring with the herdsmen and at the same time exposing them to the topography of the area.
“The man who is said to be their food provider and supplier at all times in the forest is said to be living in Omo-Ijesha where he served as an informant to the herdsmen.
“We are aware of clandestine move from several quarters to secure their release from the police custody, we call on concerned stakeholders to ensure that the suspects are made to account for their involvement in the dastard act,” the statement reads.