A mob, mostly youths, set ablaze property of a suspected kidnapper in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.


Some of the touched property were two private cars, two houses and a hotel structure belonging to the suspected kidnapper.


The suspect was said to have been whisked away by soldiers along with an accomplice herbalist, for their alleged involvement in a kidnapping saga at Odo-Owa, Oke-Ero Local Government Area of the state on Thursday.


An unnamed hunter in Odo-Owa was said to have foiled payment of a ransom to secure the freedom for a kidnapped victim, who was had been tied down in a herders settlement and alerted security agencies.

Some of the kidnappers were said to have fled the scene while the chief suspect who was in his car with the herbalist was heading toward the settlement at the time.


The two men were promptly arrested and whisked away by soldiers.


The 27-year-old alleged accomplice was allegedly expelled from Odo-Owa by the town’s traditional council in October 2016 for alleged criminal activities.



He was accused of raping a 27-year-old girl under the guise of curing her of an ailment.


The lady was reportedly afflicted with a strange disease in 2014, which defied orthodox medication and was referred to the herbalist for treatment.


The victim’s mother had told the police then that the suspect always used a handkerchief to wipe the private part of her daughter each time he had sex with her and threatened her with death if she revealed what he did.


He was later arraigned before an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court, presided over by Mr. Ahmed Immam, and ordered to be remanded in prison custody over a one-count charge of murder.


The chief suspect on the other hand was said to be on the radar of the youths in the community and was being observed for allegedly belonging to a kidnap syndicate.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that soldiers whisked away the two suspects to an unknown destination on Thursday to prevent the youths from setting ablaze the Odo-Owa Police Division where they were initially detained.


The youths allegedly from Odo-Owa in their hundreds on the motorbike and holding dangerous weapons, including charms, stormed the chief suspect’s residence and hotel premises in Omu-Aran as early as 9 a.m yesterday and set them ablaze.


When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of Kwara Police Command, Ajayi Okasanmi, said he was yet to be briefed about the development.




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