Two suspected kidnappers were on Tuesday 28th of March 2023, arrested by operatives of Ogun state Police Command and two kidnapped victims were rescued from them.
Spokesman for the command, Abimbola Oyeyemi who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, said the suspects, Mohammed Bello and Mohammed Bashiru, were arrested following a distress call received from Bisodun village at about 8 pm that kidnappers had invaded the community and that a couple, Mr and Mrs Ojo had been abducted by the hoodlums.
He said upon the distress call, the DPO Owode Egba division, CSP Olasunkanmi Popoola, raced to the scene where he met the local hunters who had already mobilized in large numbers to confront the kidnappers.
The statement said the policemen, together with the hunters, stormed the forest in search of the kidnappers and the victims.
While combing the bush, it said the kidnappers suddenly opened fire on the rescue team which the security men responded to, but one of the hunters was unfortunately hit by the bullet.
Having been overwhelmed by the firing from the police and the hunters, the kidnappers abandoned the victims and ran for cover.
It said the abducted victims and the injured hunter were quickly rushed to the hospital but that the hunter, Adebare Ramoni, gave up the ghost while receiving treatment.
“At about 10 in the morning, there was information that the suspects were sighted somewhere in the bush, consequent upon which the Area commander Owode Egba, ACP Adeniyi Adedeji, led teams of policemen to the scene and together with the hunters stormed the bush and successfully apprehended two amongst the kidnappers.
“The two arrested suspects have been identified by the victims as members of the gang who abducted them,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Frank Mba, who commended the local hunters for their support has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the anti kidnapping unit of the state Criminal Investigation Departments for discreet investigation.
The CP also sympathized with the family of the deceased hunter and prayed that God will give them the fortitude to bear the unfortunate death.