Po­lice res­cue 54-year-old ge­ol­o­gist from Kid­nap­pers in Ibadan, ar­rest four sus­pects

Daily Trust - - CRIME - From Dele Ogun­yemi, Ibadan

A pa­trol team from the Oyo State Po­lice Com­mand, Sun­day, res­cued a La­gos-based ge­ol­o­gist and busi­ness­man, Al­haji Ab­dul Akeem Amoo, from a gang of sus­pected kid­nap­pers, fol­low­ing an ag­o­nis­ing wail­ings of the cap­tive from in­side the get-away Toy­ota Hil­lux van which his ab­duc­tors used in per­pe­trat­ing the heinous crime.

Op­er­a­tives of the po­lice pa­trol team at Idi-Ayunre in the Oluy­ole Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state who ar­rested four of the sus­pected kid­napers, re­ported the case at the Com­mand head­quar­ters at Eleiyele, Ibadan where in­ves­ti­ga­tions were on­go­ing on the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the kid­nap.

Po­lice sources said that the 54-year-old busi­ness­man was kid­napped dur­ing a visit to his quarry and min­ing firm lo­cated at Ese-Apata, via Abanla, in Oluy­ole Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Oyo State.

Amoo was said to have gone to the site with a view to pay­ing some of his staff, con­trac­tors sup­ply­ing him diesel and oth­ers ren­der­ing him sup­ple­men­tary ser­vices.

The sources added that in­side the blue Honda Ac­cord car the busi­ness man rode to the site was the two mil­lion naira (N2mil­lion) he wanted to use to ef­fect the var­i­ous pay­ments.

How­ever, trou­ble re­port­edly started shortly af­ter Amoo got to the site, when a team of ten hood­lums swarmed on him, dam­aged his car, pounced on him and in­flicted sev­eral in­juries on him be­fore forc­ing him and one of his em­ploy­ees whose name is given as Adeleke Ya­haya in­side an un­num­bered Toy­ota Hilux car

Amoo’s hands were also said to have been tied with ropes be­fore he and Ya­haya were forced in­side the van and the cap­tors drove off.

How­ever, by providence, po­lice pa­trol team at Idi-Ayunre was at­tracted to the van fol­low­ing the ag­o­nis­ing cry for help by Amoo and Ya­haya, from in­side their cap­tors’ van, mak­ing the po­lice­men to stop the ve­hi­cle.

Amoo, while nar­rat­ing his or­deal to news­men at a pri­vate hos­pi­tal in Ibadan where he was rushed to for treat­ment af­ter the in­ci­dent, at­trib­uted his res­cue to God and the timely in­ter­ven­tion of the po­lice.

He said: “Just thank God for me. Yesterday, (Sun­day), I came down to in­spect my quarry firm here at Idi-Ayunre area and pay some of my staff and my sub­con­trac­tors sup­ply­ing our firm diesel and other sundry items.

“You know the Mus­lim fes­ti­val of Eid el-Kabir is ap­proach­ing. I had two mil­lion naira in­side the boot of my car to set­tle these peo­ple. As I alighted from my car, the hood­lums, about ten in num­ber, swooped on me and started hit­ting me with all sorts of ob­jects, in­clud­ing guns and other weapons. They punc­tured the tyres of my car and later tied my hands with ropes.

They bun­gled me and one of my em­ploy­ees, Adeleke Ya­haya, in­side the Toy­ota Hilux van they have brought and they said they were tak­ing me to some­where in Sagamu. God, how­ever, used the po­lice pa­trol team at Idi-Ayunre to res­cue me and Adeleke as our cry for help at­tracted their at­ten­tion. I was later brought here for med­i­cal at­ten­tion.”

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