by Segun Olatunji
The police in Ogun on Tuesday recounted how they saved the wife of the Osun State House of Assembly Speaker, Mrs. Muibat Salam, from her abductors.
Muibat was rescued from her alleged kidnappers at Ogunmakin Village in Odeda Local Government Area along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Saturday after she was in captivity for five days.
She was kidnapped in Ejigbo, Osun State, on Tuesday last week by gunmen who had trailed her car.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikemefuna Okoye, who spoke at a press conference in Abeokuta on Monday, said his command received information from men of the state vigilance services that some bandits were lurking in the bush.
Okoye said, “The police teams quickly swung into action and moved to the scene where there was exchange of gunfire between policemen and the hoodlums.
“As a result, one of the bandits was shot dead, four others arrested, while the rest escaped with bullet wounds.”
The police commissioner also said Muibat was rescued unhurt during the operation.
He added that two AK 47 rifles and four magazines loaded with 78 rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the bandits.
Okoye also said the suspects would soon be transferred to Osun State where they committed the crime and handed over to the law enforcement agencies for prosecution.
The police boss however commended the members of the state vigilance group for their contribution and for giving out the necessary information that led to the arrest of the suspected kidnappers.
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