Ondo po­lice res­cue three kid­nap vic­tims

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - THE METRO SECTION - From: Oluwaseun Ak­ing­boye, Akure

THREE per­sons, Tim­i­le­hin Ako­mo­lafe, Michael Popoola and Henry Usifo, who were kid­napped by un­known gun­men in Ondo State last week Fri­day, have been res­cued by the state Po­lice Com­mand.

The vic­tims were kid­napped be­tween Nirowi and MTN Mast around Ore, Odigbo Lo­cal Coun­cil when they were trav­el­ling to La­gos State.

The state Com­mis­sioner for Po­lice, Olug­benga Adeyanju, re­vealed yes­ter­day that po­lice had in­ten­si­fied ef­forts to ar­rest the kid­nap­pers whom he said sus­tained bul­let wounds. He said a con­tin­gent of po­lice of­fi­cer ran into the scene and en­gaged the kid­nap­pers in a gun duel, in­jur­ing one of the kid­nap­pers who es­caped into the bush. The com­mis­sioner said the com­mand, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal hun­ters, combed the bush and were able to res­cue the vic­tims un­hurt and with­out pay­ing ran­som.

Nonethe­less, he ap­pre­ci­ated the state gov­ern­ment for pro­vid­ing mo­tor­cy­cles and lo­gis­tics, which en­abled the po­lice to ac­cess the ter­rain and res­cue the vic­tims. He said the po­lice would ar­rest the cul­prits and pros­e­cute them and urged the peo­ple to al­ways co­op­er­ate with the po­lice to re­duce crime in the state. Mean­while, the state gover­nor, Mr. Oluwaro­timi Ak­eredolu (SAN), lauded the po­lice, the lo­cal hun­ters and the Po­lice Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee (PCRC) for work­ing to­gether to res­cue the vic­tims.

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