From Layi Olanrewaju, Ilorin
Operatives of the Kwara State Police Command have arrested four suspected kidnappers, including a woman who supplied food with which kidnappers feed their victims in captivity.
The four suspects according to the police, were arrested for the abduction of Magistrate Oladapo Jumoke Bamigboye, wife of the former military administrator of Osun and Bauchi States.
A statement by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer Okasanmi Ajayi said the suspects were geo-located to be hidden in the forest between Eyenkorin/Afon/ Ogbomoso axis.
The statement reads:
“On 05/11/2022 at about 1800hrs information regarding the abduction of Magistrate Oladapo Jumoke Bamigboye ‘F’ of GRA, Ilorin was received. The victim was said to have been abducted on her farm located at Ayegun Village via Eyenkorin, Ilorin at about 1730hrs of the same day.
“On receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police Kwara State, Cp Paul Odama immediately dispatched a team of Anti-Kidnapping unit assisted by vigilantes and local hunters to the scene to comb and search for possible rescue of the victim.
“The victim was geo-located to have been hidden in the forest between Eyenkorin/Afon/ Ogbomoso axis, this discovery emboldened the police teams to intensify their search, rescue and arrest operation in the located area which consequently culminated in the release of the victims.
“The efforts of the police and vigilante teams led to the recovery of the victim’s vehicle, arrest of three (3) male suspects Abubakar Ibrahim, ‘M’, Mamud Ibrahim ‘M’, Muhamed Kiri ‘M’ and one female suspect named Abibatu Jimoh ‘f’ who was discovered to be the supplier of Gari and other food items with which the victims were fed while under their captivity.
“Investigation into the matter is still ongoing as efforts are still in top gear to arrest the remaining kidnappers.
“The victim has now been reunited with her family after undergoing a medical examination to ascertain the condition of her health.
“The CP wishes to empathise with the victim and her family over the unpleasant and traumatic experience during her period with the abductors. He stated that the police would not relent in their attempt to possibly eradicate crimes and criminality in the State.
He advised the good people of Kwara state to be vigilant and conscious of happenings around them at all times and to monitor the activities of strange faces patronising them, especially those in the business of selling stable and quick/easy-to-consume meals to avoid innocently feeding victims of abductions in their area.
“The CP confirmed that the suspects arrested in the matter would be charged to court as soon as an investigation into the case is concluded.