The Kwara Police Command says its operatives rescued a woman and her son who were kidnapped, after an intensive search and rescue operation supported by vigilante and hunters.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Okasanmi Ajayion disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Ilorin.
“On Sept. 13, at about 11:20 p.m., a kidnap occurred in Shao, where one Afusat Lawal and her son, Taofeek Lawal were abducted and carried away,” he stated.
Ajayi said that the kidnappers were accosted in the bush while sharing the ransom collected from the family of the victims.
“The kidnappers opened fire on the operatives immediately they were sighted,” he added.
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“During exchange of fire, two of the kidnappers suffered gunshot injuries and were arrested and taken to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, where they were confirmed dead.
“Consequently, their corpses were deposited in the hospital mortuary for autopsy.”
Ajayi said that exhibits recovered from the kidnappers were one Honda Accord Saloon Car with registration number, LAGOS GJ 52 LSR, one single barrel gun and an unspecified amount of money.
He however said that effort had been intensified to get other fleeing members of the gang arrested for prosecution.
He also confirmed that the rescued victims had reunited with their family after being certified medically stable.