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62-yr-old oil mogul rescued from kidnappers in Lagos

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By Evelyn Usman

Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, yesterday, rescued a 62-year-old female oil mogul, Mrs Kudirat Adeboye, who was abducted last Wednesday at Elemoro in Ibeju-lekki area of Lagos State.

The woman was reportedly abducted at about 7pm, while she had gone to inspect her site where the construction of a filling station was ongoing.

Her abductors had made a demand of N50 million ransom, threatening to kill her if their demand was not met in one week.

On receiving news of her abduction, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Aderanti, reportedly directed the Commander, SARS, Abba Kyari, to go on the trail of the kidnappers and ensure the release of the woman.

The kidnappers were lured to a place around Lekki to pick the ransom, while SARS operatives condoned off the vicinity.

At the appointed time, a member of the syndicate, identified as Niyi Omosola, a native of Ondo State, reportedly appeared to pick the money, only to be accosted by the operatives. He was said to have opened fire on sighting the policemen, but was overpowered.

Police sources hinted that the suspect took the operatives to a bush around Epe, where the 62-year-old victim was held hostage and subsequently rescued.

Spokesman for the command, Kenneth Nwosu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, confirmed the rescue, disclosing that the kidnap suspect later died from the gun injury he sustained during the cross fire, and that one double-barrelled pistol, two expended and six cartridges were recovered from the suspect.

Effort, he said, was on to apprehend fleeing members of the gang.

In another development, Nwosu disclosed that the teenager, who was rescued from his abductors yesterday, would formally be handed over to his parents today at the Police command headquarters.

The teenager, Daramola Otolarin, was reportedly abducted by unknown persons Tuesday night, from his parents Mile Two estate abode. He was said to have been hypnotized by his abductors.

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