Nigerian Journalist Rescued From Kidnappers In Idimu Lagos State
Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have rescued a kidnapped journalist identified as Oduneye Olusegun in the Idimu area of Lagos State. The journalist who was rescued on Saturday was reportedly kidnapped by some gunmen at Mobalufon area of Ijebu Ode on Thursday while on his way from Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
According to a statement by the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the journalist was kidnapped in his Toyota Camry car at about 7:50 pm by the gunmen who later called his wife through his phone Friday morning and demanded N30 million as ransom.
Upon receipt of the report of the abduction of the journalist, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, CP Frank Mba, directed the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Obalende Divisional Headquarters, SP Murphy Salami, whose jurisdiction the incident happened to ensure the safe rescue of the victim. The police team swung into action and embarked on an intensive technical investigation, which led them to the hideout of the kidnappers in Idimu, Lagos State.
During the operation, the police team engaged the kidnappers in a gun battle, and in the process, one of the kidnappers was killed while others escaped with various degrees of gunshot injuries. The rescued journalist was taken to the hospital for medical attention, while the car he was abducted with was recovered by the police.
The police spokesperson also stated that efforts are ongoing to apprehend the fleeing suspects and bring them to justice. The Commissioner of Police in Ogun State has commended the police team for their bravery and successful operation, urging them to intensify efforts in the fight against crime and criminality in the state.
Kidnapping has been on the rise in Nigeria in recent years, with several high-profile cases reported across the country. The security situation in the country has been a major concern, with the government and security agencies facing criticism for not doing enough to address the issue. However, cases like this provide some hope that the police are working hard to tackle the issue and keep citizens safe.