A 17-year-old boy, who went to ease himself at the back of their house in a remote community of Olorunsogo via Olorunda in the Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun State but ran into the waiting hands of suspected kidnappers, has been rescued by the state’s Community, Social Orientation and Safety Corps (So-Safe).
The victim, Otohu Moses, was reportedly kidnapped at about 10:15 pm on Monday 29 January 2024, a report that was made at the So-Safe Olorunda Outpost the following day by his father, Sunday Iboin.
In a statement issued by the Corps Commander, Dr Soji Ganzallo, through the Corps Director of Information and Public Relations, AC Moruf Yusuf, the distraught father narrated how he waited endlessly for the boy that night and had to put several calls across to him via his telephone number.
To his chagrin, the voice from the other end was that of a male receiver, responding in Yoruba language that his son had been kidnapped, and made a demand of One Million Naira, Five Hundred Thousand (N1.500,000.00) ransom.
“The victim’s father told us that he suspected one of his neighbours as the mastermind of the criminal act”, Ganzallo said in the release, adding that the operational team of the Corps strategized, swung into action and, thereafter, took the war to the alleged suspected kidnappers’ den in a forest, some kilometres away from the point of kidnapping.
According to the Corps Commander, on sighting the operatives, the three armed kidnappers escaped on a motorcycle, while the victim was rescued unhurt, but with marks of bartering all over his body.
Meanwhile, the rescued victim has been transferred to the Imala Divisional Police Headquarters for further investigation.