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Police in Lagos have arrested a 60-year-old Ifa chief priestess and her two sons for alleged kidnap cases in the state.

The spokesman for the command, CSP Chike Oti, made this development known in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.

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He said that the woman was said to be a chief priestess and custodian of an Ifa shrine.

She was alleged to be aiding her sons, aged 26 and 32, who allegedly lure their victims with charms to their home.

He said that they used the social media to lure their victims and put them in captivity until they paid ransoms for their release.

“The trio met their waterloo when one Bridget Obazee came to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Igando Police Station, CSP Taiwo Kasumu, on Sept. 7 and complained that her brother, Osahon, was missing,” Oti said.

“The complainant told the DPO that the kidnappers were threatening to kill Osahon if they (family) failed to pay N1.5 million ransom.

“She added that they warned her not to involve the police, otherwise her brother would be killed.”

Oti said that the DPO quickly contacted the Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, who deployed men from the Intelligence Unit of the command to reinforce the DPO’s team.

“the victims have been held for weeks, pending the payment of ransom by their families,” he added.