The Ogun State Government on Monday announced that a 17-year-old kidnapped victim, Oluwatomiwa Akinlaja, escaped from captivity in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Akinlaja, a student of the Redeemer’s University in Osun State, was reportedly abducted last week at the Sagamu Interchange, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
It was gathered that Akinlaja was on his way to join his parents at the Redemption Camp along the highway, when he fell into the hands of the hoodlums.
He was going for the 70th convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, tagged ‘Perfect Jubilee,’ which took place last week.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Ogun State Governor, Kunle Somorin, in a statement, said the student escaped from his abductors when security operatives swooped on their den.
“The victim, Akinlaja Ireoluwa Oluwatomiwa, is a student of the Redeemer’s University in Osun State. He was on his way to join his parents when he was kidnapped.
“Our security men trailed the kidnappers to Ikorodu, where the victim was being held hostage. Their arrival at the scene gave an opportunity for the victim to escape from captivity.
We are happy that the victim escaped unhurt. He has since been reunited with his parents,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the Edo State Police Command on Monday said it killed five suspected kidnappers and rescued a victim in Ughoshi-Afe bush, Ibillo, in the Akoko Edo Local Government Area of the state.
The Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, in a statement, said the suspects were killed during a gun duel.
The statement read, “The Edo State Police Command in its avowed commitment to rid the state of violent crimes, especially kidnapping, on Sunday, rescued a kidnapped victim, neutralised five kidnappers and recovered arms and ammunition.
“This feat was achieved following credible information given to the command that hoodlums, suspected to be kidnappers, were operating in Ughoshi-Afe bush, Ibillo, in the Akoko Edo LGA, Edo State.
“On receipt of the information, the command immediately mobilised its tactical team from Ibillo as well as the vigilantes and hunters to the scene.
“The kidnappers, on sighting the operatives, opened fire on them, which led to a gun duel that left five of the kidnappers fatally injured; they were later confirmed dead. One kidnapped victim, Mr Innocent Achebe (38), was rescued unhurt and has since been reunited with his family.
“Items recovered at the scene include two locally-made pistols, charms and cartridges.”