Dayo, the kidnapped son of former Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who was taken hostage on Tuesday by four unknown gunmen, regained freedom on Wednesday.
The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu has confirmed the release of the former minister’s son, Dayo Adewole on Wednesday evening, in Ibadan, who was kidnapped at about 6pm at gunpoint on his farm in Iroko, Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State.
The commissioner said that the only suspects arrested so far in connection with the incident were three of the victim’s farm workers; and assured that more updates on the incident would be made public soon.
In a statement he personally signed, Adewole also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, security agencies, traditional rulers as well as Nigerians who stood by the family during the ordeal.
Meanwhile, the Police on Wednesday said that 60 persons had been arrested over various crimes including kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling, in different parts of the North-Central and North-West geopolitical zones; just as Police Command in Adamawa said it had arrested 86 suspected kidnappers and 65 “township gang members”, popularly known as “Shila Boys” terrorizing residents of Yola.
Force spokesman Frank Mba, who briefed newsmen in Abuja, said that the suspects were arrested by Police operatives attached to the Special Tactical Squad (STS), and Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
Mba said that 11 AK47 Rifles, two Pump Action guns, three locally-made pistols, 12 Dane guns, two Revolver pistols, 10 live cartridges, 77 live ammunition and two vehicles were recovered from the suspects.
Also recovered from them were 160 rustled cattle, he added.
Mba said that the arrests, which were made between June 5 and 19, included the four suspects involved in the kidnap of the Chairman of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), and his daughter.
Recall the kidnappers, who abducted the UBEC boss, also killed his driver.
“The arrest of the four suspects was sequel to the massive manhunt launched to apprehend the fleeing members of the kidnap gang involved in the kidnap of UBEC Chairman,” he said.
The Police spokesman said that members of the gang had fled after the death of their leader, Sumaila Sule, who died on May 18, as a result of bullet injuries sustained during a shoot-out with Police operatives.
Mba said that the Police had also intercepted trucks conveying 1,972 bags of grains and 208 bags of beans to bandits’ hideout in a forest in Zamfara.
“The interception will cut off food supply and hopefully neutralise the bandits’ potency,” he said.
Mba attributed the breakthroughs to the cooperation and support of members of the public, saying that such support had demonstrated Nigerians’ determination to support the Police toward restoring internal security.