Police Rescue Journalist After Gun Duel With Kidnappers In Lagos

Operatives of Ogun State Police Command have rescued a journalist, Oduneye Olusegun, who some gunmen kidnapped at the Mobalufon area of Ijebu Ode.

The journalist was kidnapped on Thursday and was rescued on Saturday, three days after, in Lagos.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

Oyeyemi said the abductors called the victim’s wife through his phone the following morning and demanded N30 million as ransom.

The statement read, “upon the report, the Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba, directed the DPO Obalende divisional headquarters, SP Murphy Salami, whose jurisdiction the incident happened, to ensure the safe rescue of the victim.

“In compliance with the CP’s directive, the DPO mobilised his detectives and embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation of the incident.

“Their efforts paid off when the Toyota Camry of the victim was traced to the Idimu area of Lagos, where the kidnappers were hibernating waiting for the ransom.

“On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums engaged them in a shootout which lasted for about 45 minutes before they abandoned the car and took to their heels after sustaining varying degrees of gunshot injuries.

“The victim’s car which was soaked with the kidnappers’ blood as a result of gunshot injuries sustained by the Police team.

“Having realized that the game is over, the kidnappers were left with no alternative but to abandon the victim, and he was rescued unhurt.”

The PPRO however, said the Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba, commended his men for their gallantry and professional conduct.

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