Police rescue 4 kidnapped victims in Kwara

Four of the seven people abducted on Saturday on the Ilorin-Omu-Aran route have been rescued, according to the Kwara Police Command.

SP Ajayi Okasanmi, the command’s Public Relations Officer, revealed this in a press statement issued on Sunday in Omu-Aran.

The command said it received information of two kidnapping instances on Saturday at 5:35 p.m. on the Oke-Onigbin/Omu-Aran expressway and the Ekiti-Ekpo route.

According to the statement, six armed men appeared from the woods and stopped a Siena bus traveling from Ekiti to Ilorin, marching the seven passengers into the bush.

“The command promptly dispatched its tactical units, comprising the anti-kidnapping and anti-cultists units, joined by local hunters and vigilantes while policemen who were on patrols on the routes were alerted.

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“The abductors were instantly chased into the bushes, four out of the seven abducted persons were rescued; efforts are still in top gear to get the remaining three rescued.

“Deploying similar tactics by operatives, those abducted in Ekan-Meje-Ekiti axis using the same modus were equally rescued, remaining a pastor and his wife who the command is frantically doing everything possible to rescue unhurt,’’ the police said

The statement said some suspects had been arrested and were helping the command in its investigation.

“The situation is under control; the good people of Kwara State are advised to go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation and attack,’’ the police said.

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