How I was rescued by police after being kidnapped by gunmen – Ero Arike narrates


Police in Osun State have rescued popular businesswoman, Alhaja Falilat Oyetunji, fondly called Ero Arike, moments after she was kidnapped on Tuesday by some gunmen.

Oyetunji was kidnapped at Olorunda village, Iragbiji, Boripe Local Government where she went to visit her mother, on Tuesday. But the businessman was rescued by policemen about 20 minutes after she was kidnapped.

It was gathered that three of the kidnappers were arrested by officers of the Anti-kidnapping squad of the State of Osun Police Command. An indigene of Iragbiji and two northerners were part of the suspects arrested, it was gathered.

Police Public Relations Officer, Osun Command, SP Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the incident.

Confirming the incident, Ero Arike stated that she was kidnapped by two hooded gunmen inside her mum’s house and taken through bush before some policemen came to her rescue.

She said: “I had been having strange feeling for the past few days and I had reported to the police. On Tuesday, August 9, when I wanted to visit my mother at Olorunda village, Iragbiji, I contacted the police to provide me security.

“Immediately I got to my mother’s house and I was greeting everybody, two young men who covered their faces and armed with gun suddenly came from nowhere and gripped me. They whisked me away into the bush and I was shouting.

“Luckily for me, the police came on time and they chased the kidnappers. They shot the person that was carrying me on his shoulder. The other suspects fled but some of them were arrested.

“One of the arrested suspects is an indigene of my hometown, Iragbiji. Two others are either Fulani or Hausa. I must thank the police for their prompt response. I however want to appeal to them to please do thorough investigations and prosecute the suspects. The government should not sweep the case under the carpet.”

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