25 December 2013

Nigeria: How Police, Governor Amosun Rescued Ex-Can President, Akinola

The Ogun State Police Command on Wednesday said Governor Ibikunle Amosun's personal involvement helped in the rescue of the former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Peter Akinola, on Tuesday evening.

Mr. Akinola, his child, and his driver were abducted by gunmen in Ogun State on Tuesday evening.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the governor put all security operatives on their toes on hearing the news and also left his office to be part of the rescue operations.

"I must tell you that the governor played a gallant role. He got personally involved and his bravery was a motivating factor for us," the police spokesperson said.

Mr. Adejobi told PREMIUM TIMES that police officers rescued the three victims in Sawonjo community, located in Yewa North Local Government Area of the state.

He said the bandits engaged the police in a gun duel, before the victims were rescued, while the criminals escaped with the car.

"We have rescued the primate, his child and driver in Sawonjo. The rescue operation was carried out by SARS and mobile police. The gang engaged police in gun duel and the police equally faced them squarely and successfully rescued the victims. Those rescued are with us now," the police spokesperson said on Tuesday night.

"We are still in search of the vehicle and the bandits, and we are going to apprehend them. Our men are on their trail."

The Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu, also admitted that Mr. Amosun was personally involved in the rescue operation.

"As soon as the governor was informed, he immediately left office and personally involved in the operations which led to the rescue of the victims," Mr. Olaniyonu said.

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