Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested two suspected kidnappers of couple in Bisodun village in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state.
In a statement on Wednesday, police spokesperson in the state, Superintendent Abimbola Oyeyemi said that the suspected kidnappers had reportedly invaded the community on Tuesday and abducted a couple, Mr and Mrs Ojo.
Oyeyemi added that the suspects – Mohammed Bello and Mohammed Bashiru – were arrested following a distress call received from the people of the village at about 8pm.
He said that the villagers told the police that kidnappers invaded the community and abdcuted the couple.
The statement further reads: “Two suspected kidnappers were on Tuesday, 28th March 2023, arrested by operatives of Ogun state police command and two kidnapped victims were rescued from them.
“Upon the distress call, the DPO Owode Egba division, CSP Olasunkanmi Popoola raced to the scene where he met the local hunters who have already mobilized in large number to confront the kidnappers.
“The policemen, together with the hunters stormed the forest in search of the kidnappers and the victims.
“While combing the bush, the kidnappers suddenly opened fire on the rescue team which the security men responded to, but one of the hunters was unfortunately hit by the bullet.
“Having been overwhelmed by the firing from the police and the hunters, the kidnappers abandoned the victims and ran for cover.
“The abducted victims and the injured hunter were quickly rushed to the hospital but, the hunter, Adebare Ramoni, gave up the ghost while receiving treatment”.
The police spokesman said that the villagers alerted the police the following morning that the suspects were sighted somewhere in the bush, consequence upon which the Area commander led teams of policemen to the scene.
He said that the police together with hunters stormed the bush and successfully apprehended two amongst the kidnappers.
He sadded that “the two arrested suspects have been identified by the victims as members of the gang who abducted them.”
Oyeyemi, however, said the Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba, commended the local hunters for their support.
He added that Mba has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the anti-kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation Departments for discreet investigation.
He said “the CP also sympathized with the family of the deceased hunters and pray that God will give them the fortitude to bear the unfortunate death”.