60 suspects arrested over kidnappers' den, no underground chamber found – Police

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The Oyo State Polie Command has denied unconfirmed report that an underground tunnel exists at the Soka kidnappers’ den in Ibadan. This revelation was made by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Superintendent of Police Olabisi Ilobanafor, while speaking with journalists when the team of forensic experts visited the scene.


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Ilobanafor said the experts from the  Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) came on the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, adding that in the future, the result of the forensic evaluation would be used to ascertain the claims of relatives who report missing loved ones.

The  five-man forensic team, which included a pathologist, visited the site from the FCID to gather evidences and exhume human parts that were buried on the site after the discovery.

The PPRO said there was no iota of truth in that rumour. She warned people against spreading rumours that would continue to inflict more negative psychological effect on families of missing persons.

According to her: “There is no underground facility here and such claims are unfounded. How can a man still live in an underground chamber for more than 10 days without food and water and still be calling his relatives with mobile phone. How does he charge the phone? People should be mindful of what they say because of the psychological effect on the family of the missing people.

“The teams are all here to gather evidences and human bones already buried here so that they can be kept for forensic analysis. This exercise is also useful for future event. In case we have people looking for their missing relatives, we can always take a DNA sample from them and match with what we have from this exercise. That will tell if their relatives were victims of what happened here or not.”

She also explained that the exercise was taking place in order to get to the roots of the matter and bring to book perpetrators of the dastardly act.

“The reason for this exercise is also to get to the roots of the matter. The police are committed to ensuring that evidences are not lost, preserved and used in its investigation. The police and experts have been coming here since the place was discovered but today is the final day of their work. After this exercise, the place will be handed over to the state government,” Ilobanafor added.

She also revealed that about 60 suspects were already in police custody, with majority of them claiming to be mentally-challenged.

“We have more than 60 perceived mad persons who people claimed to be of questionable characters. Some of them were truly found with incriminating objects like ammunitions or even human parts. They are already in our custody while investigation continues.”

The FCID team was led by Babale Aminu with the team of forensic experts led by Dr. Eze Nwom and five forensic anthropologists were also at the site to complement police investigation while officers from Oyo State Police Command were led by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadachi. In addition, experts from the University College Hospital also helped during the forensic evaluation.

The teams arrived around 10.30 a.m. with 20 policemen mapped out the whole area and forbade media interference. Several pieces of items were picked and kept in cartons while the mass burial site was also exhumed.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

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