Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have rescued a journalist, Oduneye Olusegun, who was kidnapped by some gunmen at Mobalufon area of Ijebu Ode on the 9th of March 2023.
The victim was rescued unhurt by the police at a location in Idimu area of Lagos State.
According to a press statement police public relations officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi,the journalist, was on his way from Abeokuta when he was kidnapped at Mobalufon area in his Toyota Camry car at about 7:50 pm on Thursday 9th of March 2023.
“The abductors later called his wife through the victim’s phone the following morning and demanded for #30million as ransome” he said.
Upon report of the incident, the Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba was said to have directed the Divisional Police Officer Obalende divisional headquarters, Superintend of Police , Murphy Salami, whose jurisdiction the incident happened to ensure the safe rescue of the victim.
“In compliance with the CP’s directive, the Divisional Police Officer mobilized his detectives and embarked on technical and intelligence based investigation of the incident.
Their efforts was said to have paid off when the Toyota Camry of the victim was traced to Idimu area of Lagos, where the kidnappers were hibernating waiting for the ransome.
“on sighting the policemen, the hoodlums engaged them in a shootout which lasted for about 45 minutes before they abandoned the car and took to their heels after sustaining varying degrees of gunshot injuries”
The victim’s car which was soaked with the kidnappers blood as a result of gunshot injuries was recovered by the Police team.
Having realized that the game is over, the kidnappers were left with no alternative but to abandon the victim, and he was rescued unhurt.
The state of Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba, who commended his men for their gallantry and professional conduct appealed to members of the public especially hospitals and traditional healers to inform the police if anybody with gunshot injury is seen in their area.
He however warned criminals to stay clear of Ogun state, as the Command is battle ready to take the fight to their door step.