Operatives of the Kwara Police Command have rescued a woman and her son who were kidnapped after an intensive search and rescue operation by the command’s tactical teams, supported by vigilantes and hunters.
SP Okasanmi Ajayi, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Ilorin.
He said, “On Sept. 13, at about 11:20 p.m., a kidnapping occurred in Shao, where one Afusat Lawal and her son, Taofeek Lawal, were abducted and carried away.”
According to him, the kidnappers were accosted in the bush while sharing the ransom collected from the family of the victims.
The PPRO said that the kidnappers opened fire on the operatives immediately after they were sighted.
During an exchange of fire, two of the kidnappers suffered gunshot injuries and were arrested and taken to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, where they were confirmed dead.
“Consequently, their corpses were deposited in the hospital mortuary for autopsy. Exhibits recovered from the kidnappers were one Honda Accord Saloon Car with a registration number, LAGOS GJ 52 LSR, one single barrel gun and an unspecified amount of money” he added.
Effort had been intensified to get other fleeing members of the gang arrested for prosecution.
Ajayi confirmed that the rescued victims had been reunited with their families after being certified medically stable.