By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
Kwara State Police Command has secured the release of a 46-year-old tipper truck owner, Alh Musa Atere who was kidnapped in Ilorin on Tuesday morning.
The spokesman of the state police command, Ajayi Okasanmi said Atere was rescued from his abductors at a village in Oko Olowo area of Ilorin in the early hours of Wednesday without paying any ransom.
The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of N30 million from his family late on Tuesday
Atere was kidnapped around 6:00am on Tuesday along Ogundele/Madi road in Ilorin West Local Government area of Kwara state on his way to the General Hospital, Ilorin for the treatment of his daughter.
He was said to have been with his wife in his car when the abductors whisked him to an unknown destination after dispossessing his wife of the money in her purse.
Okasanmi added that the release of Atere was as a result of Police efforts who closed in on the abductors following information that the kidnappers were holding the victim in a bush at Oko Olowo area of the state capital.
He said, “Following a report received by the Police that a Tipper owner was kidnapped in Ilorin on Tuesday, the state Commissioners of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Bagega ordered the state anti-kidnapping unit of the Command to go into action and following information that the kidnappers were holding the victim in a bush at Oko Olowo area, the Police surrounded the bush and when the kidnappers felt that the Police were closed to the place, they abandoned the victim and ran away.
“The man ran to the villagers who assisted him and brought him to the Ilorin-Jebba express road at Oko Olowo. The man was rescued without paying any ransom and he has been handed over to his family.”
Atere confirmed that no ransom was paid before he regained his freedom.