Two suspected masterminds of the kidnapping of pupils and staff members
of the Nigerian Turkish International Colleges have been arrested by the
Apart from the ringleaders, Philip Kakadu, aka General Kakadu, and Romeo
Council, aka Raw, other suspects were also said to be undergoing
screening in connection with the abduction.
PUNCH Metro gathered that 29-year-old Kakadu and Council, 40, were
apprehended in Warri, Delta State, by operatives of the
Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, led by ACP Abba
A police source said on Wednesday that the two masterminds had
reportedly confessed to orchestrating the crime, adding that the arrest
would mount pressure on the captors to release the victims.
“Council is a native of the Bomadi Local Government Area, Delta State,
while Kakadu hails from Warri North LGA of the state. They were arrested
on Tuesday and have confessed to orchestrating the kidnapping at the
“They also confessed to other kidnappings, including the
abduction of the Iba monarch in Lagos, and some Isheri landlords. With
their arrest, we believe their boys holding the victims in the creeks
would surrender,” the source said.
Kakadu allegedly told the police that five of his boys were among those involved in the NTIC operation.
“Kakadu is based in Lagos. He went to Warri to have fun. That was when
operatives swooped on him. Five of his men were part of the gang and he
is cooperating with the police,” another source added.
A top security agent said the aim of going after the kingpins was not
only to secure the release of the victims, but also to find a better way
of addressing incessant kidnappings in Lagos and Ogun states.