The Nigeria Police have arrested three in connection with the abduction of Dayo Adewole, the son of the immediate past Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.
This was disclosed by the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Mr Leye Oyebade on Wednesday.
Naija News reports that the former minister’s son was kidnapped on Tuesday evening by yet to be identified gunmen in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Dayo was abducted at about 5:30 p.m on Tuesday in his poultry farm located at Iroko, a suburb of Ibadan, in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.
Briefing newsmen on Wednesday, Oyebade said the police have launched a manhunt for the kidnappers, combing the forest with a view to apprehending the criminals.
He also disclosed that the three persons arrested included the driver that the victim employed a few days ago, Mr Gbenga Ogunleye; the farm manager, Mr Sodiq Adebayo, and one other worker on the farm.
“Actually, this incident is very unfortunate because it is coming after we have been able to map out a lot of strategy to address the challenge we are facing by these undesirable elements,” Oyebade said.
“From our inspection of the scene, interaction and interrogation of the workers, and those that were present at the scene, we can really say that the modus is changing, the tactic is changing, and their way of operating is changing. Since they now know that we have been able to cover the roads, they are now coming to isolated areas, looking for targets that can be approached, having monitored them.
“With what we gathered here, the suspects covered their faces and the story that is being given, we are not ruling out the involvement of those that are very close, in this particular situation. But whatever it is, we are going to unmask those that are behind this, and that is the assurance I am giving to members of the public.
“The Inspector General of Police has given a mandate and on that mandate we stand that kidnapping will become highly unprofitable. With the system we are going to use now, with the application of STI and with the commitment and drive of police officers that have been deployed, we are going to uproot them.”