From TUNDE RAHEEM Akure
Police in Ondo State has foiled the kidnap attempt of Mr. Diran Olanusi, a younger brother to the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Alli Olanusi, by a gang of gunmen suspected to be kidnappers. Few days before the Olanusi’s saga, police had successfully rescued two persons in the hands of the kidnappers.
The deputy governor’s younger brother who doubled as Chief of Staff to his elder brother was abducted on Monday evening along Adesida Road, while returning from Government House in his official car, a Toyota Corolla salon car. He was accosted by his abductors around Omi Eja area, close to A-division police in Akure.
Detectives from the state’s anti-robbery section who swung into action later detected the hideout of the kidnapers in a forest at Idoani, in Ose Local Government Area. Security agents arrested three of the 15 suspected kidnappers, while one AK 49 rifle, six magazines of AK 49, 201 life ammunition, one burnt Toyota Camry car, two dynamites with ammunition and Volkswagen bus with reg. no. Ondo XQ 126 AKR. Police patrol had, a day before the Olanusi incident ,foiled an attempt to kidnap one Alhaji Adeyinka Yusuf (a.k.a Ade Bless) of NNPC mega station, Akure, when some gunmen attempted to force their victim into the booth of their car. The police foiled the kidnap attempt and the gunmen abandoned their vehicle and fled the scene.
The third incident occurred on Monday in Ondo Town at Adesolape Akintan of Valentino area, Ondo when Fagun Divisional Police Station received a distress call at about 7:15p.m about a kidnap attempt on a woman.
According to the sister of the victim, Adunni Ismail, who lodged the complaint at the police station, her elder sister, Adesolape was abducted by some hoodlums numbering about four in an unregistered Honda Accord salon car.
The police team later pursed the hoodlums towards the direction reported by the victim’s sister and almost caught up with the kidnapers before their driver lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road into the bush, and the kidnapers escaped, while the victim was rescued unhurt from the wreckage of the car.
Parading the suspected kidnappers of Olanusi at the command’s headquarters yesterday, the Commissioner of Police, Danladi Mshelbwala said the command was determined to make the state inhabitable for kidnapers and other criminals, as it had been professionally demonstrated through proactive approach.
The commissioner also disclosed that another police patrol team, while on vehicular patrol along Benin/Lagos Expressway, intercepted a Nissan Primera car with registration number BZ 324 KSF at Onipetesi, and when searched, the following items were recovered from the vehicle: one AK 47 rifle, one Barreta pistol no-P156077, 78 rounds of 7.65mm bullets, 7 rounds of 9mm and 250 live cartridges and three magazine of AK 47 rifles.
The occupants of the vehicle, according to the CP, include: Ogunyemi Adeoye, Gbadebo Alaafin, Olatunji Tunbosun, Adewale Tope and Oguntimehin Mufutau. Mshelbwala noted that from the recorded achievements of the command in the past few weeks, the command has all it takes to uncover any plot by any criminally minded persons that may plan to disturb the peace of the state.