November 29, 2022

KIDNAPPED OGUN POLICEMAN RELEASED AFTER 48 HOURS, POLICE DENY ALLEGED PAYMENT OF RANSOM

The Ogun police command through it’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, has confirmed the release of a police inspector and two other passengers that were kidnapped on Wednesday.

The victims were reportedly kidnapped at Wasinmi on the Abeokuta-Lagos Expressway in the Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state by gunmen in Army camouflage, and gained their freedom 48 hours later.

Oyeyemi said contrary to information going around that three officers were kidnapped, it was just a policeman, and he was released along two others following the heat the kidnappers received from the police command who had gone all out.

Asked if ransoms were paid before the victims were released, Oyeyemi said, “We will never be part of that arrangement. Payment of what to whom? We have said that police would never be a part of payment of ransom to criminals.”

Explaining how they regained their freedoms, Oyeyemi said,“On receiving the information on the abduction, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, directed the command’s anti-kidnapping unit and other tactical squad to move into the area and join forces with the Ewekoro Divisional headquarters to rescue the victims.

“Upon the intensive pressure and aggressive trailing of the kidnappers, they were left with no alternative than to release their captives. The victims regained their freedom at about 9:45pm on Thursday, September 22, 2022, and have since reunited with their family.”

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