Controversy continues to trail the unusual arrest of a suspected kidnapper who has been sleeping in police custody in Akure.

While the Ondo state police command maintained their ground that the suspect is under the influence of tramadol, many believe he was charmed by his victims.

The suspect, who allegedly took a dose of tramadol before attempting to kidnap a pharmacy owner in Owo, was said to have slept for over 48 hours in police custody.

Yele Akintoke, a medical practitioner, believes their victim must have used juju to invoke the spirit of sleep.

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"That can't be possible. If it is under a drug influence, he will still have enough time at least, 5-10 minutes to fight the sleep and leave the environment. 

"He cannot just fall into sleep within two seconds especially at a time his life is in danger. These things can only happen in Africa magic film but not in a real life." He said.

According to the command spokesman, Femi Joseph, the suspect stumbled, fell and sleep off while the rest of the gang members fled after their failure to abduct their target.

"The suspect has been sleeping for more than 24 hours after his arrest while a 400mg tablet of tramadol was found in his pocket.”

He however said the suspect would be charged to court after regaining consciousness.

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