Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested a man identified as Larry Adebayo Adewumi and his wife Okereke Olufunmilayo, with one Adebowale Sanni over their alleged involvement in the abduction and killing of a popular hotelier, Otunba Abayomi Ajayi Smith, the Director of Rolak Hotel Ijebu Ode. 

Recall that Otunba Ajayi Smith was kidnapped on the 28th of September 2020 at about 7:30 am, at Anifowose Estate igbeba, Ijebu Ode by some gunmen. 

Information available indicates that men of the anti-kidnapping unit were mobilized to commence an investigation, but all efforts to get the victim out of captivity proved abortive, despite the fact that the victim's family paid a ransom of 15 million naira to the abductors. 

Since then, police operatives have not relented in their efforts to fish out those behind the devilish act. Efforts of the operatives yielded positive results in September this year when they got wind of the plan by the hoodlums to strike again, this time, the wife and son of Otunba Ajayi Smith were their target. 

The team, having got the intelligence report, embarked on technical surveillance for the suspects.

One of the suspects was traced to Ikeji Arakeji in Osun state, where the 55 years old Adebowale Sanni was apprehended. He confessed to have been on the trail of Yeye Olusola Roseline Ajayi, the wife of their earlier victim, Otunba Ajayi Smith in order to kidnap her, on the order of Larry Adebayo Adewumi the ring leader, whose wife Olufunmilayo happened to be an employee of Otunba Ajayi Smith.

He further confessed that it was Larry who described the location of the victim's hotel and his other business outfits to him with instruction that if they succeeded in kidnapping the woman and her son, the two of them must be killed after collecting ransom in order not to leave any trait, just as they did to her husband two years ago. 

His confession led to the arrest of Larry's wife Olufunmilayo who was a manager at the victim's building materials shops.

Larry who is an indigene of Ilesha Osun state used to be a fraudster before he moved to full-time kidnapping business was arrested three days later.

His modus operandi was to scout for a rich victim, after which he will mobilize the gang working for him to go after such person.


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