Twelve suspected kidnappers have been arrested along the Benin-Owo road by the Ondo State Police Command.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, who confirmed the development, said they were arrested following combined efforts of the security men and local vigilante in the town.
“The suspects were arrested in the forest of Ido Ani on Thursday at about 11pm.
“The arrest was made by some police officers and volunteers in the locality. We pushed our men to the location together with sister agencies as well as some brave civilians who joined the team.”
Checks showed that out of the 12 arrested, nine were arrested on Wednesday while others were apprehended on Thursday.
The Benin-Owo Road and the Ipele-Ido Ani Expressway have become notorious in recent times, as kidnappers have continued to have a field day along the road.
Recently, the Medical Director of the Ondo State General Hospital, Dr Olufemi Adeogun, and two other staffers of the hospital were kidnapped by some hoodlums on the Ipele-Ido Ani Expressway but they were released after four days in captivity.
But it was gathered that the suspects were apprehended after the abduction of a businessman, Mr Kunle Agbayewa, at a popular sawmill in Ido Ani.