VIDEO: Fifty-Three Abductees Rescued In Niger State Reunite With Family


It was an emotional situation in Niger State on Monday as the 53 rescued passengers that were kidnapped by bandits reunited with their families.

Some of the victims recounted their ordeal in the hands of their abductors and called on the government to find a lasting solution to the security challenges in the state.

In the video above, our correspondent, Emperor Simon, gave an on-the-spot assessment.

Abducted APC Chieftain Found Dead

Osun West: Husain Emerges APC Candidate, Promises Better RepresentationA chieftain of All Progressive Congress, APC, in Ondo State, Olumide Odimayo who was abducted last week has been found dead.

The corpse of the politician was discovered by the search team around Ogolo River – a boundary between Ese-Odo and Irele Local Government Areas of the state.

Odimayo popularly called Londoner was abducted on Thursday last week by gunmen who invaded his hometown, Igbotu in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State at about 6 am.

All efforts by local vigilante group to rescue him proved abortive as the abductors kept moving into the swampy areas of the forest.

His body was discovered in the swamp earlier today and has been deposited in a mortuary at Okitipupa. His death has left leaders of the APC in the state in a big shock.

Lagos and Ogun police co-operate to rescue abducted woman

The Lagos and Ogun state police comands have joined hands to rescue Jumoke Oyegbola, who was abducted on Tuesday night by unidentified men at Isheri-North area of Ogun State.

Mrs. Oyegbola was on her way to a friend’s house at River View Estate, Isheri North LSDPC, in her Mitsubishi Montero car, when some gunmen halted in front of her vehicle, shot sporadically in the air and dragged her out of the car. They however left her belongings and vehicle behind.

The scene where the abduction took place is a boundary between Lagos and Ogun State, thus, policemen from the two commands have collaborated to locate the victim.

The spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Mr. Joseph Jaiyeoba, who confirmed the incident, stated that, “The incident did not occur under the Lagos jurisdiction but under Ogun. I inquired from the Divisional Police Officer, Isheri, and he told me the case was not being handled by his division. Nevertheless, because of its proximity to Lagos State, our command will partner with the Ogun command on the case.”

The spokesperson for the Ogun State Command, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, in response, says the case was being treated as abduction rather than kidnap.

In his words, “It is true that one Jumoke Oyebola was abducted by gunmen on Tuesday night. We cannot describe the case as that of kidnap because to our knowledge, no ransom has been demanded for now, we are treating it as a case of abduction.”

Meanwhile, Residents in the area have disclosed that hoodlums easily perpetrate crimes in the area at night due to the absence of functional street lights.

A security guard at Tinubu Estate, who craved anonymity, stated that although vigilantes operated at night and policemen usually carried out routine patrols, the absence of street lights in the area made it susceptible to crimes.