Three kidnapped workers of former President Olusegun Obasanjo have regained their freedom.
1st News reports that the abducted workers were released by their abductors on Friday, September 10, 2021.
It is unclear if a ransom was paid for their release.
The workers had spent 48 hours in the custody of their suspected kidnappers before they were released. Equally important, their release was confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi.
Oyeyemi attributed the release of the abducted workers to the huge pressure mounted on the kidnappers.
The Police PRO, who had earlier disclosed the deployment of a combined team of Anti-Kidnapping and SWAT, in their search for the victims, stated that the manhunt for the kidnappers had continued unabated; prompting the kidnappers to release their victims.
“Yes. we mounted a lot of pressure on the kidnappers. Since yesterday (Thursday) our anti-kidnapping and SWAT operatives have been in the bush searching for them.
“They were able to trace them to the bush behind Day Waterman College. They have been there since yesterday.
“This evening, they released them unhurt without any ransom.”
1st News had reported that the workers of the ex-President Obasanjo were abducted by gunmen on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. The incident had occurred in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Meanwhile, Obasanjo had remained mum over the incident; with the former PDP leader maintaining an uncharacteristically stoic silence on the matter. Obasanjo is also yet to react to news of the release of the abducted workers.
1st News reports that kidnapping for ransom has become one of the most frequent crimes perpetrated in Nigeria in recent times; with criminals targeting high-value prospects who are often released in return for a hefty ransom.