23 December 2012

Nigeria: Kidnappers Release General Rotimi's Wife

Ibadan — It was celebration time yesterday at Ikolaba, Ibadan GRA residence of retired Brigadier General Oluwole Rotimi, former military governor of the old Western State, as the abducted wife of the renowned Army General, Mrs Titilayo Enitan Rotimi, returned home safely after being released by her abductors.

Friends and associates from different parts of the country stormed the Ibadan family home of the Rotimis to rejoice with them on the lucky escape of the old woman from kidnappers who held her hostage for almost two weeks.

Mrs Rotimi, who found it difficult to explain her miraculous escape from her abductors, urged the people around to join her in praising God Almighty for His goodness to her.

The Ibadan-based businesswoman, who was kidnapped by gunmen while driving out of her haulage company's office along New Ife Road in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, was released by her captors in a village along Ijebu-Ode-Ikorodu Road late on Friday evening.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for Oyo State Command, Mr Ayodele Lanade, while confirming her release to newsmen, said she came back home unhurt.

Lanade, who explained that the businesswoman was left along the road by the gunmen who are yet to be identified, said Mrs Rotimi later ran to a woman passer-by.

After narrating her situation to the woman, Police spokesperson said she later used the good Samaritan's mobile phone to call her family members who alerted the security operatives, adding that she was eventually taken to a nearby police station from where she came back home safely.

Meanwhile, the PPRO, Mr Lanade has told newsmen that ten suspects were arrested in connection with the abduction of Mrs Rotimi, explaining that the only female among the suspects was released on bail in order to nurse her baby. The nine others, according to the PPRO, are still being kept in police custody.

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