The Kwara State police command has officially confirmed the safe release of four individuals who were abducted on Tuesday night from Afin village in the Ilere district, Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state.
Among the liberated hostages is Simon Ibiwoye, a prominent high chief and the Olukotun of Afin community, alongside three teenagers who were also abducted during the incident. The victims were reportedly freed in the early hours of Thursday.
The spokesperson of the Kwara State police command, DSP Ejire Adetoun Adeyemi, verified the positive development and revealed that the victims were discovered by local hunters.
“They were left alone to find their way, and they were found by local hunters, all in good health conditions,” she stated.
The abduction had prompted immediate action from both the community and law enforcement. The Kabiyesi of Afin community promptly contacted the police, leading to the swift mobilization of a security team comprising police officers, soldiers, and local hunters.
The coordinated efforts resulted in the successful arrest of three suspected informants believed to be linked to the armed kidnappers. The police command has not provided additional details regarding the circumstances of the release or the ongoing investigation into the abduction.
The community is now relieved at the safe return of the victims, and the police have assured the public that efforts are underway to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Residents are urged to remain vigilant and cooperate with law enforcement agencies to enhance security across the state.