Three workers of Bradford/Mirola Farms in Ilorin, Kwara state who were abducted by unidentified gunmen on Monday, March 22, have regained their freedom.
Six gunmen had stormed the farm, attacked the chief security officer of the farm before whisking away the workers identified as Julius Owoeye, a veterinary doctor; Akeem Ajadi and Bola Adedoye.
The gunmen were said to have contacted the owner of the farm demanding N45 million in ransom.
A statement released by the spokesperson of the command, Ajayi Okasanmi, read:
“The Kwara State Police Command wishes to inform the general public, especially the good people of Kwara State, that the three abducted persons: 1. Vet. Dr Julius Owoeye 2. Akeem Ajadi 3.Bola Adedoye, all workers of Bafford/Morola’s farms at Elega Via Pampo Village Ilorin, has been successfully rescued yesterday at 2330hrs by operatives attached to the command, led by the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Lawal Bagega psc.
The Command was flabbergasted when the news of the abduction of the victims broke, despite the tight security arrangements emplaced throughout the state.”
Okasanmi said following the news of the incident, the commissioner of police gave a ‘marching order’ to the command’s anti-kidnapping operatives which he ”personally supervised.
”The team’s operation forced the kidnappers to abandon the victims when they could not withstand the intense pressure on them from the police, hence they fled for their lives” Okasanmi said
The police spokesperson added that the police are now on the trail of the fleeing suspects.