The Ekiti State Police Command says it will pay N5 million as reward for genuine information on the whereabouts of four suspects over alleged kidnapping in the state.

This was disclosed on Tuesday by the Command's Spokesperson, Sunday Abutu.

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He gave the names of the fleeing suspects as Banji Akeem, Samuel Ebira, Dele Jimoh and Dayo Igwe, NAN reports. 

According to Abutu, the four suspects, now at large, were mentioned as gang members by other arrested suspects currently in police custody.

He said the suspects had been involved in the abduction of prominent Ekiti citizens in the last two years.

“The suspects already arrested mentioned one Banji Akeem, a.k.a Oro, who was earlier arrested by the RRS operatives for the offence of armed robbery.

“They also mentioned one Samuel, a.k.a Samuel Ebira, Jimoh Dele, a.k.a Dele Petim, Dayo, a.k.a Dayo Igwe and Johnson, a.k.a Yellow Okada, presently at large, as other members of their gang,” Mr Abutu said.

He added that the arrested suspects had confessed to their involvement in various kidnappings in the state.

“They confirmed to be the brains behind the abduction of one Olowo Bola of Ipoti-Ekiti and the late Chief Abiodun Ajayi, who died from the injuries sustained while he jumped from the kidnappers’ vehicle earlier this year in Ado Ekiti,” he said.

Abutu explained that the suspects usually kept their victims in the house of the late Chief Ogunremi, located around Water Works in Ado-Ekiti or sometimes Ayere, a forest in Kogi.

He said the suspects included someone supplying food to the alleged kidnappers and a vulcaniser, who was their informant.

He listed items recovered from the suspects to include one Toyota Corolla car, 13 rounds of live cartridges and two locally-made double-barrelled guns.

Abutu said efforts were being made to arrest other members of the gang who were at large, hence the five million naira reward for useful information that could lead to their arrest.

The command had on Monday, paraded four suspected abductors of a petroleum dealer in Ekiti, Suleiman Akinbami, and the wife of the late Surveyor-General of the state, Dapo Osalusi.

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