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Dismissed Nigerian soldier arrested by Police alongside others for robbery, kidnapping



A former Military officer, Adebanjo Bamidele, as well as Matthew Olagoke, Ahmed Abdullahi and Johnson Idowu, have been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command alongside 19 other suspects for armed robbery, kidnapping and murder.

Kenneth Embrison, the State’s Commissioner of Police, who paraded the suspects at the police headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, on Tuesday, revealed that they were arrested in the first two weeks after the Operation Restore Hope was launched.

Embrison added that the command had deployed men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Anti-Kidnapping, Anti-Cultism and other special units across the state to fight crime and gave an assurance of adequate police visibility on the highways during and after the festive season.

Speaking with journalists, Bamidele who was planning to launch an attack on a bank in Ekiti State alongside Olagoke, Abdullahi and Idowu, said he was dismissed from the Nigerian Army for being absent without official leave. “I served in the military for six to seven years in Maiduguri before I was dismissed for going AWOL,” he stated.

“The kidnapping was orchestrated by Faruq Saidu, who is a cousin to the victim, and three other persons, whom he contacted to collect ransom from his uncle in order to get married to a third wife,” Embrison explained as he added that residents would be safe from armed robbers and other criminals in the state.

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