Komolafe Rasaq, 41, has been arrested for allegedly masterminding the robbery and abduction of his in-law on New Ife Road, Ibadan, Oyo State. Seven accomplices of Rasaq, comprising three robbers and four others, were also arrested in connection with the incident.
The state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, said the arrest of the suspects led to the recovery of three vehicles, including a Toyota Camry belonging to Rasaq’s in-law.
Apart from Rasaq, others arrested were Adetunji Adeboye, 35; Oluwaseun Ayeni, 30; Lukman Lawal, 31; Mohammed Lawal, 52; Baba Adamu, 63; Abidoye Solomon, 27; and Omote Pius.
Odude said Rasaq invited the gang and set the stage for the robbery of his in-law, who was at home with her children. He said, “On February 11, 2017, a gang of armed robbers invaded the victim’s house at night and robbed her of her valuables.
They also abducted her and drove her away in her car. Investigation led to the arrest of criminal receivers of stolen cars and property at various locations in Niger and Kaduna states.”
The victim said she was forced to travel a long distance with them because of the fear that the car might have a security device that could hinder their getaway plan. She said, “They locked my kids in a small room. They forced me into the car.
They dropped me off somewhere in the dead of the night. I had to trek back home. Neighbours and policemen later helped me to force the door open and release the children. They were almost dead when we opened the door open.”