The Police Force and other security agencies have proven to be working round the clock to put a stop to the rampant kidnappings in the country as detectives from the Ondo State Police Command, over the weekend secured the release of a 90-year-old former president of the Ondo State branch of Association of Master Bakers, Alhaji Musa Adisa Labaika, from his abductors. His rescue ended his five-day ordeal in the hands of his kidnappers.
Labaika was freed from the hoodlums’ hideout in Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State, while three of the abductors were arrested at the place. He was abducted while crossing the road in front of his 121, Isolo Street, Akure home to a nearby mosque to observe his early morning prayers by a gang of four-armed hoodlums who took him away in a red car under a hail of gunfire.
It was gathered that the police got on the trail of the abductors through the mobile telephone number they used to demand the N30 million as ransom from the family, 48 hours after the abduction. The owner of the phone, who was a victim the gang, had been robbed earlier by the gang that kidnapped the old man. He was however left out of the case by the police because the robbery had been reported and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were already working to unmask the robbers.
It was gathered that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) experts in the police were able to trace the call from the kidnappers to a house in Ado-Ekiti and after ascertaining their targets, a police squad moved in on Saturday to rescue the nonagenarian and arrest some of the suspects. They are currently in the custody of the SARS pending the conclusion of investigations that would herald their arraignment in court.
Also, a 16-year-old pupil of American International School, Olufolabi Adeniji, who was reported missing after his abduction in Lagos on his way to school two weeks ago, was rescued by the police in a forest in Ilaro, Ogun State.