The Ogun State Police Command have rescued two Chinese nationals identified as Shen Ximing and Wei Futang who were kidnapped by gunmen while working at a quarry site in Odeda Local Government Area of the state. The Chinese nationals were rescued by a combined police team comprising men of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit and Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS). Also, a 31-year-old woman identified as Olabimpe Tejumola, who had earlier been kidnapped at Mowe in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state was rescued.
The acting Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, while confirming the incident to journalists yesterday in Abeokuta, said all the three victims were rescued unhurt. Oyeyemi said the two expatriates were abducted last week Thursday, stating that the gunmen abandoned their victims and ran away after they had engaged the police in a gun battle in their hideout. He therefore said the two foreigners were rescued unhurt, noting that the police exercised greater caution while engaging the kidnappers in gun duel so as not to injure the victims which he said made it difficult for the police to make any arrest.
He noted that the two Chinese have been handed over to their company, adding that they were recuperating at an undisclosed hospital. He said the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has appealed to citizens to stop encouraging the kidnappers by paying ransom. “The message of the Commissioner of Police is very clear, ‘don’t encourage the kidnappers by paying ransom’, by the time you pay ransom, you are encouraging them the more, you are telling them the business is viable. Allow the police to do their work and they would be caught at the end of the day.”