Alhaji Alaga Olayemi, the farmer, businessman who was abducted by seven unidentified gunmen at Oke-Onigbin in Kwara state on Wednesday, has been rescued.
A statement by the spokesman of the state police command, Mr Okasanmi Ajayi, announced in Ilorin on Friday.
It said “a painstaking search and rescue mission by the state Police Commissioner, Mohammed Lawal Bagega, conducted within Oke-Onigbin, Iloffa, Ekiti and Eruku areas by the police and other members of the security community in the state, forced the abductors to abandon their victim at Oyogbo village.
“Under intense security pressure, it became obvious they could not escape arrest, hence they abandoned their victim.
“The victim is presently undergoing some medical checkup in an undisclosed hospital,” the statement added, while efforts are being intensified to apprehend the abductors.
The police commissioner, solicited more cooperation from the citizens by giving police information, and warned criminal elements to vacate the state as lawful means will be employed to deal with them irrespective of their status.
GAZETTE recalls that the victim was abducted around 7 p.m on Thursday at Oke-Onigbin in the Isin Local Government Area of the state.
He was ambushed and attacked along two others while returning home from a maize farm in the area.
While the two other boys escaped with matchete cut injuries, Olayemi was kidnapped and whisked away to unknown destination, only to be rescued by the police on Friday