Police Arrest Couple, Others Over Kidnapping & Killing Of Rolaks Hotel Boss

Posted on November 25, 2022


Police operatives from the Ogun State Command have arrested a couple, Larry Adebayo Adewumi and his wife, Okereke Olufunmilayo, with another man, Adebowale Sanni, over the abduction and killing of a popular hotelier, Otunba Abayomi Ajayi Smith, the Director of Rolaks Hotel, Ijebu Ode.

P.M.EXPRESS reports that Otunba Ajayi Smith was kidnapped on 28th September, 2020, at about 7:30 am, at Anifowose Estate, Igbeba, Ijebu Ode, by some gunmen.

According to the Ogun Police Command Image maker, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, on receiving the information about the kidnap, men of Anti-Kidnapping Unit were then mobilized to commence investigation. But all efforts to get the victim out of captivity proved abortive, despite the fact that the victim’s family had reportedly paid a ransom of N15m to the abductors.

Since then, Police operatives had not relented in their efforts to fish out those behind the devilish act.

The efforts of the SP Taiwo Opadiran led team yielded positive result in September this year, when they got wind of plan by the hoodlums to strike again, this time, the wife and son of Otunba Ajayi Smith were their target.

The team, having got the intelligence report, embarked on technical surveillance for the suspects, consequence upon which one of them was traced to Ikeji Arakeji in Osun State, where the 55-year old Adebowale Sanni was apprehended.

On interrogation, he confessed to have been on the trail of Yeye Olusola Roseline Ajayi, the wife of their earlier victim, Otunba Ajayi Smith, in order to kidnap her on the order of Larry Adebayo Adewumi (the ring leader,) whose wife, Olufunmilayo, happened to be an employee of Otunba Ajayi Smith.
He confessed further that it was Larry who described the location of the victim’s hotel and his other business outfits to him with instruction that if they succeeded in kidnapping the woman and her son, the two of them must be killed after collecting ransom in order not to leave any trail just as they did to her husband two years ago.
His confession led to the arrest of Larry’s wife, Olufunmilayo, who was a manager at the victim”s building materials shops.
Larry himself was arrested three days after. He initially denied having anything to do with the kidnap of Otunba Abayomi Ajayi Smith, but when he was confronted by Adebowale Sanni, his accomplice, he knew immediately that the game was up.
Preliminary investigation revealed that Larry, who is an indigene of Ilesha, Osun State, used to be a fraudster before he graduated to full-time kidnapping business.

It was gathered that his modus operandi was to scout for a rich victim, after which he will mobilize the gang working for him to go after such person.

He was said to have got full information about Otunba Ajayi Smith through his wife, Olufunmilayo, who was an employee of the man.
Further investigation revealed that Larry has two bank accounts where he used to keep money realised from his criminal activities. In one of the accounts with number 0010913206 domiciled in JAIZ Bank, the sum of Thirty four million, nine hundred and fifty three thousand four hundred and fifty five naira (#34,953,455) was discovered there in, while he had the sum of four million five hundred and seventy six thousand eight hundred and forty six naira (#4,576,846) in another account with Access Bank. A 2014 model Toyota Highlander was also recovered from him.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, who commended his men for painstakingly following the suspects until they were arrested, directed that other members of the gang should be hunted for and brought to book.
He also directed that the arrested suspects be charged to Court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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