By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin
The Police in Kwara State have announced the rescue of three farm managers kidnapped last Wednesday at Pampo Farms in Asa Local Government Area of the the State.
The farm workers were reportedly abducted by six heavily armed men in military uniform who stormed the farm in a commando style and took the three men away.
The three were said to be unlucky because others managed to escape including the females among them but because of their positions they could not.
Police spokesman for the State Command, Ajayi Okasanmi, DSP who a bounced the victims’ rescue said the rescue was successfully carried out by a team of detectives of the Command.
His words; “The three abducted persons, Vet. Dr Julius Owoeye, Akeem Ajadi and Bola Adedoye, all workers of Bafford/Morola’s farms at Elega Via Pampo Village Ilorin, have been successfully rescued on Thursday by operatives attached to the command, led by the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Lawal Bagega.
“The Command was flabbergasted when the news of the abduction of the victims broke despite the tight security arrangements emplaced through out the state.
“The news of the kidnap prompted the Commissioner of Police to give a marching order to the Command’s anti-kidnapping operatives which he personally supervised that eventually forced the kidnappers to abandon the victims when they could not withstand the intense pressure placed on them, hence they fled for their lives.
However, he said police was not giving up to track down the fleeing kidnappers saying; “Effort is still ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects.
“The victims are evidently traumatised but are in stable frame of mind as they have been attended to by the Command’s police doctors”.
Okasanmi recalled the earlier promise by his boss to ensure that the victims were rescued. He said; “recall that the Commissioner of Police made a commitment to the effect that the victims would be rescued and suspects arrested, which has been achieved”.
The police spokesman said: “This is to send a signal to all criminals irrespective of nomenclature that Kwara State is never a safe haven for criminal elements, as such should relocate to other states.”