The three female victims who were abducted by unknown gunmen earlier this week at Onipe Community axis of Ibadan-Ijebu Ode Road, Oluyole Local Government Area of Oyo State have regained their freedom.
Journalists accompanying the search party that went into the bush to look for them reported that they were released from captivity and found by police operatives on Friday, April 16, 2021 around 9pm near the bush at Ogunmakin community.
The victims were: Mrs. Theresa Okeowo, Mrs. Abosede Adebayo and Mrs. Bola Ogunrinde. Mrs. Ogunrinde had offered a ride to the other two shortly before they were all abducted on Monday.
Sources shared that the kidnappers decided to collect an undisclosed ransom amount and let the victims go when they realized that the search party was likely to discover their hiding place with the way the search was going.
When the victims were eventually found by the police, they appeared to be safe albeit unkempt and understandably exhausted
Confirming the rescue of the victims by the police, the state Police PRO, DSP Adewale Osifeso, said that the rescue was as a result of the prompt actions of the police.
He said: “As a result of ceaseless, strategic and systematic utilization of intelligence and operational assets, the tactical sweep embarked upon, as coordinated by the Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, has yielded desired result.”
The PPRO pointed out that the pressure mounted on the kidnappers by the search party, invading their suspected hideouts and the fear that the police would soon discover their hiding place led them to release their victims after accepting a ransom.
He rounded up by saying that the women had been medically evaluated, cleared and reunited with their families, assuring Oyo State residents that efforts are still ongoing to arrest the kidnappers.