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February 28, 2024

Kwara police rescue two kidnapped victims, arrest five suspects

Kwara police rescue two kidnapped victims, arrest five suspects

By Demola Akinyemi, Ilorin

Officers of Kwara State Police Command, in conjunction with local hunters in Alo village, Ifelodun local government area of the state, have rescued two kidnapped victims, killed one of the suspects, and arrested five others in a recent kidnapping attack on the village.

The suspects in police custody include Ibrahim Muazu (30), Asimu Salisu (25), Aminu Alaka (25), Aminu Temino (20), and Zakariyau Suleiman (20).

Vanguard Correspondent reliably gathered that during the brazen attack by the kidnappers on the camp of Alhaji Taofio Fulani in Alo Village, Ifelodun LGA, on Saturday evening, three persons were initially abducted and taken to an unknown destination.

It was further gathered that though one of the victims escaped, prompt intervention of the police and support of the local hunters led to the rescue of two other victims and the arrest of the suspects, during which one of them was killed.

Ammunitions recovered from the suspects include two fabricated locally made guns, twelve 7.62mm AK47 live ammunition, eight expended 7.62mm AK47 ammunition, one empty magazine, one cutlass, and several plugs.

According to the Spokesperson of the Command, Ejire Adetoun Adeyemi, who confirmed the incident in a statement made available to journalists in Ilorin:’

“Swift responses by police operatives and vigilantes resulted in a coordinated search operation in the surrounding bush.

“As a result, one Babangida Soliu ‘M’ narrowly escaped from the kidnappers, while two victims, Halimat Umaru ‘F’ and Husseinat Isiaka ‘F’, both aged 20 years, were successfully rescued unharmed. They have since been reunited with their families.

“In further pursuit of the kidnappers and the ensuing gun duel, one of the perpetrators, whose identity is yet to be confirmed, was neutralised.

“In addition, two suspects, Saidu Soliu and Soliu Abass, sustained serious injuries and were promptly taken to the hospital for medical treatment.”

Adetoun also said in the statement that the case is currently under investigation and assured the public that every effort is being made to ensure the perpetrators face the full wrath of the law.