How Governor Ambode Suspended Baale Of Shangisha In Magodo For Fake Kidnapping

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of
Lagos State has approved immediate
suspension of the
Baale of Shangisha in Magodo, Chief
Yusuf Ogundare, for faking his
kidnap, which allegedly took place
barely eight days ago.
The governor’s action was sequel to
the Commissioner of Police, Lagos
State, Fatai Owoseni’s allegation
yesterday, that the accused Baale had
confessed during investigation that he
faked his abduction with his brother,
Mohammed Adams’ help.
Ambode’s order that the suspect desist
from parading himself as the Baale of
the community was contained in a
memo with reference number
OLGAS.83/S./Vol.1 dated July 13,
addressed to the Sole Administrator of
Ikosi-Isheri Local Council
Development Area, and signed by the
state’s Commissioner for Local
Government and Community Affairs,
Teslim Folami.
Speaking at a briefing at the State
House, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja,
Attorney-General and Commissioner
for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, stressed
that the state government will not
condone any act aimed at causing
panic and ridicule the security
apparatus in Lagos.
According to him, “I can assure you
that once the investigation is
concluded and it clearly shows that
they committed the crime; the full
weight of the law will be used
against the perpetrators.”
Police’s investigation
Earlier, Owoseni hinted that the Baale
was not in Lagos because investigation
revealed that he was driving in
Ibadan, Oyo State, and left for Ilorin,
Kwara State, and others.
Owoseni, while parading the two
suspects at the State House, Ikeja, said
Ogundare was apprehended by men of
the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, in
Alausa area of the state on July 11
after he was dropped in a suspicious
manner by a car, which immediately
sped off.
How Baale was ‘freed’
Giving details of how Ogundare was
apprehended, Owoseni said: “On July
11 at about 10p.m., a team of RRS
patrol officers, working around
Alausa, saw a vehicle drop a male
adult in a suspicious manner close to
“The speed with which the car drove
off attracted them to that spot. A
quick enquiry revealed that it was
the Baale that was allegedly
”Immediately after, while Ogundare
was being debriefed, he sold a dummy
that the kidnappers dropped him off.
“However, unknown to him
investigation had revealed that on
July 5, the day he was allegedly
kidnapped in Lagos, he was driving
around in Ashi, Ibadan; then he went
to Ilorin and Iwo; he was just
“Also, because of information that
had got to security services that his
younger brother and his wife were
being questioned and were actually in
custody because of some
discrepancies that were noticed in
the interaction they had with security
agencies, and in furtherance of the
synergy existing between the Police
and Department of State Services,
DSS, we jointly compared notes and
discovered it was a false alarm.”
It would be recalled that Adams had
told security agencies that he was with
the Baale at CMD Hotel when some
people, who claimed they wanted to
buy land, whisked them away and
later dropped him.
Faulting the claim, the Commissioner
of Police said investigation revealed
that he (Adams) was not at any time
in the hotel with the Baale, but was
only at the restaurant of the hotel, and
after some minutes, he left.
Again, the Baale’s wife actually drove
the Venza car allegedly used to abduct
the supposed victim into the hotel.
‘His goal was to embarrass Lagos
Owoseni added that after the suspects
were confronted with the indisputable
facts, they had no choice but to
confess faking the kidnap.
He narrated that immediately after
Ogundare was allegedly kidnapped,
Adams went to the community and
called the town crier to order the
whole community to close shops and
that markets, an action aimed at
inciting members of the community
against Lagos State Government.
Owoseni said the objective of the
suspects was to falsely accuse the Oba
of Shangisha as the brain behind the
kidnapping, which they indeed did, as
a vengeance on his being installed the
Oba instead of Ogundare.
The Police boss added that they also
embarrassed government and security
agencies when they arrested him
(Ogundare) as he falsely displayed the
plate number of Oba of Shangisha on
his car.

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