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Kidnappers’ Den: ‘Mad’ Woman Arrested with Phones, ATM Card

Two of the suspects, a woman and a man, allegedly disguised as mentally-challenged persons, but the latter was said to have later confessed to being a member of a kidnap gang.

Punch reports that three phones, an Automated Teller Machine card and two loaves of bread, were recovered in a bag found with the womThree new suspects have been arrested at a suspected den of kidnappers and ritual killers in the Obadeyi-Ijaiye end of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

Two of the suspects, a woman and a man, allegedly disguised as mentally-challenged persons, but the latter was said to have later confessed to being a member of a kidnap gang.

PUNCH Metro learnt that three phones, an Automated Teller Machine card and two loaves of bread, were recovered in a bag found with the woman, while the man had some clothes in his bag.It had been reported that the den, an uncompleted building, was uncovered around 8am on Tuesday after a highway sweeper with the Lagos State Waste Management Agency alerted residents to the voice of a distressed woman in a drainage channel in the area.

Our correspondent reported that a crowd gathered around the two ends of the drains during which five persons came out through the channel.

Two of them were set ablaze by a mob, while three others were rescued by the police.

Clothes, slippers and bags believed to be effects of abductees, were found in the building.

But the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said it was too early to tag the building a kidnappers’ hideout, adding that “scientific investigations” would be carried out on the items.

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