Victor Akuma

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Police rescue couple kidnapped on their way to church

By Victor Akuma
| Updated 12:10 20/04/2023
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The Nigerian Police has rescued a couple, Andrew and Margaret Jonah, who were kidnapped and taken to the forest.

Yemisi Opalola, the Osun State Police Command spokesperson disclosed that the couple were  abducted by the kidnappers on Friday, while travelling on a motorcycle along Iragbiji/Kelebe road of Osun to attend a vigil in their church in Osogbo.

According to Opalola, “The kidnappers engaged police operatives in a gun duel during the rescue operation.

“One of the kidnappers died during the faceoff and we recovered a gun from the kidnappers,” She added

She warned residents to be mindful of their movement by avoiding lonely areas at night so as not to fall victims of their attacks.

Narrating their experience, the couple said they spent days in captivity without food or water before the security operatives led by SP, Moses Lohor, the Commander, Anti-Kidnapping Squad, rescued them from the kidnappers.

The kidnappers threatened to kill us and use our remains for ritual unless our relatives pay ransom.

“The firing power of the policemen overwhelmed the kidnapers. They abandoned me and my husband and ran away to avoid arrest,” Margaret said.

She also said that they came out from their hiding to meet the rescue team, when they realized the kidnappers had ran away.

As we were hearing gunshots, the kidnappers abandoned us and ran away. Then, we heard people calling my husband’s name. My husband answered them when we realised that they were the policemen that came to rescue us.

“We are grateful to men of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of Osun State Police Command for rescuing us.”

Nigeria Police Force Osun State

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