… Intensify aerial patrol
From Segun Olatunji, Abeokuta
POLICE in Ogun have intensified the search for kidnapped former minister of state for Education, senator Iyabo Anisulowo with the deployment of two helicopters on surveillance duty.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase ordered the deployment of the two helicopters on Saturday.
As part of efforts to rescue Anisulowo, Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Abdulmajid Alli and some senior officers of the command had, on Friday, shifted the operational base to Ilaro, headquarters of Yewa South Local Government area and other towns along Nigeria’s borders with neighbouring Republic of Benin.
Some armed men kidnapped Anisulowo last Wednesday, along the Sawonjo/Iganokoto Road in Yewa North Local Government area of the state.
The two choppers, which arrived on Saturday, have been patrolling the likely hideouts of the suspected kidnappers in various areas within the state.
The search parties included Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command Lagos, AIG Bala Hassan; Mr. Ali, Commander of the 35 Artillery Brigade, Brigadier General S. Danwalis; Director of the Department of State Security in the state, Mr. Kabir Sanni and search teams from Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and the office of the IGP, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The police boss in the state, who spoke on behalf of the teams, assured that the abducted former minister would soon be rescued unhurt and culprits apprehended.
He added that every officer of the command and members of the search teams have been having sleepless nights, since the day of the incident, strategising.
Ali thanked the IGP for his full support and concern towards the rescue of the victim.
He also commended other security agencies, search teams and members of the public, particularly Ogun State Government for their support, assuring the public that every professional strategy would be harnessed to make sure the kidnapped female politician is brought back home safely.