Police arrest Fulani herdsmen who abducted OAU lecturer

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The police in Osun has apprehended one of the suspected Fulani herdsmen who kidnapped  Prof. Olayinka Adegbehingbe, an orthopaedic surgeon at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

Adegbehingbe was abducted on May 5 2019 while returning to Ile-Ife from Lagos on Sunday, May 5, 2019 via Ife-Ibadan Expressway.

He was released a day later after the payment of N5.45m ransom.

Parading the suspect, Usman Ladan, from Sokoto State, at the command’s headquarters in Osogbo, the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Ige, said Adegbehingbe actually identified the man as one of those who abducted him.

The CP said another member of the gang was was arrested while wandering aimlessly in Ikire, while two other suspects were arrested in the Iwo area for other crimes.

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The suspects are Samaila Gede from Katsina State; Kemu Rejuli from Niger Republic; and Jubril Momhammed from Katsina State, who were said to have been apprehended with assorted charms.

Speaking with newsmen, Ladan said he was arrested at his place of work in Ikire, where he served as a guard at a filling station.

He said one man came to look at him and later returned after one week with policemen, who subsequently arrested him, adding that he wasn’t involved in the abduction of Adegbehingbe.

On his part, Rejuli, who was arrested in Ikire for wandering, said he was a herdsman and first came to the town four years ago and resided in the Sabo area of the town.

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