Police in Ondo State have arrested a suspected kidnapper who slept off under the effect of tramadol while planning to abduct a renowned pharmacist in the state.
The suspect, whose real name was yet unknown, was said to have attempted to abduct the owner of the Chinery Pharmacy in Owo, when he was arrested.
Femi Joseph, spokesperson of the Ondo State Police Command, made the disclosure in a press interview.
He said investigations showed that the suspect was under the influence of Tramadol.
He explained that the suspect and his gang members had invaded the pharmacy to kidnap the owner, but luck ran out on them as the victim raised the alarm and escaped through the back door.
“A gang of kidnappers entered into the Chinery Pharmacy with the intention of kidnapping the pharmacist, who, on sighting them with arms, escaped through the exit door.
“The kidnappers later came out of the shop at gunpoint and collected a Bajaj motorcycle from one Daodu Wale, who came to buy drugs. The other two escaped with the bike. However, one of them stumbled and fell due to the effect of the tramadol he had taken.
“The suspect has been sleeping for more than 24 hours after his arrest, while a 400mg tablet of tramadol was found in his pocket, and one cut-to-size locally-made gun was recovered from him.”
The drug found in the suspect’s pocket
In a related development, one Victor Ebele was also nabbed for allegedly breaking into the home of Olunnagba Foyinsola at the back of the Jojein hotel on Oba Ile road, in Akure.
Ebele, aged 22, scaled the fence and entered into the house to rob the occupant.
He was, however, arrested by the police after he was overpowered by security agents in the area.
“On interrogation, he confessed to scaling the fence to rob, noting that he was under the influence of Tramadol, and that he took 600mg of Tramadol and (SK) ‘No Bible’, a brand of India hemp” Joseph added.