A middle-aged man suspected to be a kidnapper and ritualist, Adetoyinbo, who usually disguised as a madman to operate was on Monday apprehended by residents of Orita Obele area of Akure, Ondo state capital.
It was gathered that the suspect was roaming the area aimlessly while some residents suspected his movement and began to monitor his movement…
Some vigilant residents, however, approached the madman and found in his bag some charms and two handsets in his pocket.
After he was caught, the suspected kidnapper immediately removed the Sims cards from the phone and swallowed it before the people could recover it from him.
Tribune learnt that the mob descended on the suspected madman who confessed to be acting as a mentally deranged man to kidnap some children in the area.
He was said to have confessed travelling from Edo state to Akure, and that he had been in the kidnapping business for some time while pretending to be a madman.
An eyewitness, Mr Ganiyu Yusuf, said the mob descended on him and beat him to coma, saying the timely intervention of security operatives from the area saved him from being set ablaze by the angry mob.
He said some charms and ritual substances were also found in the suspect’s bag,
He is presently in Okuta Elerinla Police Station.
Confirming the arrest of the suspected madman kidnapper, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Femi Joseph said the man was accused to have chewed and swallowed the SIM card of his phone when he was apprehended.
The PPRO however said the man has been arrested and was in the police custody for further investigations.