Ondo Regent, Others Rescued

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Omosowon, Regent of Akungba-Akoko

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Oluwatoyin Omosowon, a princess and regent of Akungba Akoko, Ondo State and four others regain freedom following a combined operation carried out by police and the Directorate of the State Security Service at a forest in Edo State

AFTER two weeks in captivity, Oluwatoyin Omosowon, kidnapped princess and regent of Akungba Akoko in Ondo State, was rescued by security agents on Tuesday, June16, by a combined team of police and Directorate of State Security Service, DSS.

Also rescued with her were Alex John, an Indian; Obute Sunday, police orderly to John; Aliu Jelili, driver that drove the university’s car that took the regent, and Azubuike Ijeoma, a member of the  National Youths Service Corps, NYSC.

Three suspects were arrested during the operation said to have taken several days and involving several strategies. However, one of the suspects, said to be the leader of the kidnappers’ gang, who was simply called Federal, was killed during the raid when he turned violent and attempted to disarm a soldier.

The rescued victims were presented to Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo Stat, at the Government House, by the leadership of the security agencies that participated in the operation. Christian Onyebuchi Ojobor, director, DSS Ondo State Command, said the victims were kidnapped from different locations and at different times were rescued from Ofosun forest that shares with boundary with Edo State.

The regent and three of her aides were, on June 2, 2015, abducted by gunmen while on the way to attend an event at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, capital of Ondo State. Two of her aides later regained freedom, leaving the regent and another aide in the custody of the kidnappers.

Mimiko in his remarks commended the efforts of the rescue team, stating that the operation had demonstrated the synergy among the security agencies in the state. The governor also commended Akungba community leaders for their intervention while the regent and others were in captivity.

He said if not for the efforts of the community leaders, the town would have engulfed in crisis as accusing fingers were being put at some persons. Mimiko, who said the state already had law against kidnapping, said the suspects would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

—  Jun 17, 2015 @ 13:45 GMT

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