Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written to the Governor of Osun state, Ibikunle Amosun, commending him for the successful rescue of a former minister, Iyabo Anisulowo, who was kidnapped on April 27 in Ilaro in Yewa South local government area of the state.
In his letter dated May, 9, 2016, Obsanjo commended Amosun for his “exemplary leadership, commitment and dedication to the good people of Ogun State in particular and Nigerians in general”.
The former president said it “was enormously heartening to see the fruition of your uplifting eagerness and action in getting the release of Senator Iyabo Anisulowo from the den of her kidnappers without her being harmed and without ransom being paid”.
Obasanjo also commended all those involved in the operation that led to Mrs. Anisulowo’s release, particularly the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, Bala Hassan; and the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, who ,he said, with the support of other security agents, gave their time and brought to bear their expertise, empathy and professionalism to help make the operation a huge success.
“The service provided by them was exemplary such that all of us could now feel more reassured in the State. Indeed, the facilities and mobilisation provided by you and the Federal Government for the rescue exercise must have also complemented their efforts in securing Senator Anisulowo’s release.
“My dear Governor, once again, I salute you for your leadership in this respect. By so doing, you have shown the path for governments at different levels to follow with the hope that such diligence and commitment to discourage these criminal elements will be emulated by all,” Mr. Obasanjo said.
The police in Ogun State rescued the former minister six days after her abduction.
She was rescued at Gbegbelawo village, a suburb of Olorunda town, located in Yewa North local government of the state.
The Ogun State Command Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, had told PREMIUM TIMES that the 65-year-old was rescued at about 7.00pm.
He also said two suspected kidnappers were arrested during the rescue operation.