Tayo Adeleke, a member of an abduction and child trafficking group, was captured by Ogun State police.
Adeleke and his gang, according to authorities, specialize in stealing children to sell in neighboring Benin Republic.
Adeleke is now being questioned in police custody in connection with a recent attempt to take children in Omu Pempe village in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State on Tuesday.
The culprits were said to have assaulted the Baptist church in Omu Pempe about 2:00 a.m. on a motorbike. Their objective, it was discovered, was to take children from the church and sell them in the Republic of Benin, but Luck was against them.
Confirming the progression, Omolola Odutola, the Ogun State police spokesman, stated that Adeleke was captured with the help of the police, the So-Safe Corps, and other vigilante organizations in the community, even as his comrades fled into the bush.
The police publicist also said the suspect confessed during interrogation that, “they came to the area to kidnap children. He said they have a syndicate and they have been kidnapping children and selling them to the Republic of Benin. We have arrested one and he will help in bringing others to book.”
Odutola also said that kidnappers have noticed that the command has gained control of the highways in Ogun and are now attempting to operate in villages.
“So, we are calling on our traditional rulers, our community leaders in the state, to establish an internal security to barricade the entry and exit points to their communities and give security agents the necessary information to aid the security of lives and property. Villagers can easily identify strangers in their communities, they should help the police. Thank God this was a foiled one.
“The Ogun State Command under the Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alamutu, would not relent until criminals are flushed out of Ogun, wherever they are.”