How police secured release of abducted Magistrate, arrested suspects

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The Kwara State Police Command on Tuesday gave a graphic account of how its operatives secured the release of kidnapped Senior Kwara State Magistrate and arrested three suspects including a woman connected to the incident.

According to the Spokesman of the command, SP Okasanmi Ajayi, in a statement in Ilorin on Tuesday, “on 05/11/2022 at about 1800hrs an information regarding the abduction of Magistrate Oladapo Jumoke Bamigboye ‘F’ of GRA, Ilorin was received.

“The victim was said to have been abducted in her farm located at Ayegun Village via Eyenkorin, Ilorin at about 1730hrs of the same day,” the spokesman added.

He said on receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police Kwara State, Paul Odama, immediately dispatched a team of Anti-Kidnapping Unit assisted by vigilante and local hunters to the scene to comb and search for possible rescue of the victim.

“The victim was geo-located to have been hidden in the forest between Eyenkorin/Afon/ Ogbomoso axis, this discovery emboldened the police teams to intensify their search, rescue and arrest operation in the located area which consequently culminated in the release of the victims.

He disclosed that “the efforts of the police and vigilante teams led to the recovery of the victims vehicle, arrest of three male suspects Abubakar Ibrahim (M), Mamud Ibrahim (M)Muhamed Kiri (M) and one female suspect named Abibatu Jimoh (f) who was discovered to be the supplier of Gari and other food items with which the victims were fed while under their captivity.”

Okasanmi said investigation into the matter is still ongoing as efforts are still in top gear to arrest the remaining kidnappers.

The victim has now been reunited with her family after undergoing medical examination to ascertain the condition of her health.

The police boss, who empathized with the victim and her family over the unpleasant and traumatic experience during her period with the abductors, vowed that the police would not relent in the effort to possibly eradicate crimes and criminality in the State.

He advised the good people of Kwara state to be vigilant and conscious of happenings around them at all times and to monitor the activities of strange faces patronizing them especially those in the business of selling stable and quick/easy to consume meals to avoid innocently feeding victims of abductions in their area.

The Police Commissioner, confirmed that the suspects arrested in the matter would be charged to court as soon as investigation into the case is concluded.

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