Police rescues Turkish Nationals kidnapped in Kwara

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin 


The Four Turkish Nationals  that were recently kidnapped in Kwara State have been rescued by the men of the State Police Command.

The rescue took place on Friday evening. Four of the gang members were also arrested while others fled.

The Kwara State commissioner of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun  alongside the Chief of Staff to the governor, Mr Adisa Logun said the rescue  was made possible with the support received from the Inspector General of Police and the local vigilante group.

According to him, the Command has been working round the clock since the expertraites were abducted with the local vigilante and the IGP anti rescue and intelligent team, our own anti kidnapping and anti robbery squad, operation harmony  as well as Fulani group around the area where the incident took place.

Demand for Rescue
The police commissioner said that the kidnappers initially demanded for N400 million but they later reduced it to N100 million but declared that at the end of day,  no ransom was paid  in the release of the hostages.

Mr Egbetogun thanked  everybody involved in the rescue of the hostages, like the Fulani group in the area, vigilante group, State government and the Indigenes.

The police boss said the  abductees would be flown immediately to Abuja  and that “Police doctor is already attending to them.

It would  be recalled that on Friday 19/07/19, exactly one week ago,  four Turkish Nationals were abducted by a six man armed gang at Gbugbu village in Edu Local Government area of Kwara State.

The command’s  efforts according to information gathered by VON ,started yielding results on Thursday when one member of the gang named Buba was nabbed at Gbugbu with two accomplices and one AK47 rifle recovered. Another member involved in the negotiation for ransom was again nabbed on Friday morning. 26/07/19.

The police added that efforts are underway to track down other fleeing gang members.


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