The Kwara state police command, Friday evening paraded four Turkish National that were abducted by gunmen at a local joint in Gwugwu village of Kwara North seven days ago.
The state police commissioner Kayode Egbetokun while address journalists on the rescue operation alongside the Chief of Staff to Kwara state governor, Mr Adisa Logun and other representatives of the government said the rescued was made possible by the support received from the Inspector General of Police and the local vigilante group.
“The Command has been working round the clock since they were abducted with the local vigilante and the IGP anti rescue and intelligent team, our own anti kidnapping, anti robbery square, operation harmony and some Miyetti Allah group around the area.
“We firstly arrested one of the gang members at same Gwugwu village were the incident happened yesterday and that helped us in locating the hideout of the kidnappers”
“We have arrested Four of the gang members while others are still at large”
The commissioner however confirmed tha those kidnappers initially demanded for N400 million which they later reduced it to N100 million but confirmed that no ransom was pay in the release of the hostages.
While thanking everybody involved in the rescue of the hostages, like the Fulani group in the area, vigilante group, state government and people of the state, Egbetokun said the abductees would be flew to Abuja immediatel.
While asking the commissioner on why police were attending to the rescued Turkish, he said it is normal for Police doctor to attend to the victims to know the state of their health before moving them to Abuja where they will be release to their company. I also want to add here that the kidnapping took place at Gwugwu not Gbale as we earlier said.
The hostages have been flown to Abuja as at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, the state government has reacted to the news via a press released by Cheif press secretary to the governor, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, thanks the security agencies and members of the vigilante groups for their efforts, and the locals for volunteering very useful information that led to the unconditional release of the abductees.
“This is a horrible crime against the innocent victims who had their freedom curtailed. The government also views the development as an assault on the peace-loving people of Kwara State and it will not go unpunished”
“The state government may therefore review and strengthen all relevant laws to ensure that anyone convicted of kidnapping is severely punished in accordance with the law, keeping in mind the need to ensure the security of life and property in the state”
the government, however urges the people of the state to become more aware of their environment and report any suspicious movement or strange persons to the nearby security posts.


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