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JTF rescues Akungba regent, four others 

Nigerian Police

Nigerian Police

A JOINT operation by the Nigerian Army (NA), Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Department of State Services (DSS) yesterday swooped on the abductors of the Regent of Akungba, Princess Oluwatoyin Omosowon, in Ifon, Ondo State, and rescued her.

Others rescued were an Indian businessman, Alex John, his police orderly, Obafe Sunday, a corps member, Azubuike Njeoma, and Aliu Abduljelili. 

Similarly, it was jubilation in Ido Ekiti yesterday as Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Akingbade of the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti, who was kidnapped by gunmen last Tuesday, regained freedom. Among others, pupils and teachers of St Joseph Primary School, Ido-Ekiti, temporarily suspended class work as they danced to welcome the priest, who was abducted at St. Benedict Catholic Church mission house.

Speaking to newsmen on Fr. Akingbade’s release, the Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most. Rev. Felix Ajakaye, disclosed that no ransom was paid even though his abductors had demanded N200 million.

According to the Director of DSS, Christian Ojobor, the combined security forces, with a back-up from Kogi and Edo states, sprang into action after intelligence report and surveillance showed that the kidnappers had a common syndicate operation.

Ojobor said the security operatives swooped on the kidnappers and engaged them in fierce gun duel, during which two of them, Lucky Smart (35) and David Ekpen (52) were arrested, while their leader, identified as Federal, was killed. 

Receiving them at the Government House, Mimiko condemned the daredevil acts of the kidnappers and assured that his government would not relent in the fight to end all societal ills. 

Ajakaye added: “We thank God that he has regained freedom this morning. God did it and I thank everybody for their prayers because we rely on God and He can do anything.

“We told our people not to abuse the abductors because we wouldn’t want them cursed, we want things to change for the better in our state and Nigeria as a whole”.

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