Kidnappers terrorising the South West and making the Ibadan-Ife axis notorious are now in our custody the Nigerian Police Force, told governors at a special security conference, on Tuesday.
The terrorising marauders had made Ikire and other communities along the Ibadan-Ife expressway an area of dread for travellers, who are wantonly kidnapped and made to cough out huge sums of money in ransom.
But, Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 11, Mr Leye Oyebade, disclosed at the ongoing Southwest security summit in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, that the bandits had since been apprehended, only that the police decided to keep the feat under wraps for security reasons.
Oyebade whose heads Zone 11 comprising Oyo, Osun and Ondo states denied that security agencies were overwhelmed by the security challenges in the region, adding that those arrested included the bandits that abducted Prof. Olayinka Adegbehingbe of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).
Stressing that the police decided against publicising their successes on those arrests for security reasons, Oyebade, who was responding to claims by the governors that police were overwhelmed by the level of insecurity in the country, debunked the insinuation.
The Ikire segment of the Ibadan-Ife expressway has become notorious for kidnapping in the last few months thereby instilling fear in motorists and commuters.
The kidnap of Prof. Adegbehingbe also reinforced the fear thereby causing outrage over the level of insecurity in Southwest.
The outrage was partly responsible for the security summit.
While commending the governors for supporting police operations in their various states, Oyebade insisted that more support, especially in the area of vehicles and technology, will further enhance the ability of the force to offer a more effective policing.