Police intensify search for kidnapped customs controller, three more

Officers from the Kwara State Police Command and other security agencies have been deployed to various forests in Kwara State to search for Mr. Mohammed Zarma, retired Deputy Controller of the Nigeria Customs Service , who was kidnapped from his farm in Egbejila region in Asa’s local government. State domain Thursday evening.

Mohammed, according to SP Ajayi Okasanmi, head of police public relations in state command, was abducted around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday from his farm in Oke Jia near Egbejila by armed men, who spoke a particular Nigerian language. .

Police said the gunmen fired shots during the kidnapping of the retired customs controller as four empty rounds of spent ammunition were collected by security officers who visited the farm after the incident.

Okasanmi in a statement titled “Serious Efforts Underway to Rescue Kidnapped Victim from Oke Jia Farm, Egbejila Region” released on Friday said: Material, for the rescue of one Mohammed Zarma ‘M ‘, a retired Deputy Controller of the Nigeria Customs Service, who was kidnapped from his farm in Oke Jia, Egbejila around 5:30 p.m. on 6/1/2022 by gunmen speaking a particular Nigerian language.

“During the site visit after the incident by the officers of the command, four empty cartridges of spent ammunition were recovered.

“Kwara State Police Commissioner, CP Tuesday Assayomo, wishes to assure the victim’s family and the general public that no effort will be spared to ensure the victim is rescued unharmed and possibly arrest the perpetrators of the crime, s ‘please’ the statement read.

Meanwhile, security officers are also sweeping the forest in Kwara and Ekiti states looking for three of the four victims, who were abducted Thursday by suspected gunmen along the Obo Ayegunle / Osi road in the Ekiti local government area in Kwara State.

A mechanic identified as Sunday Balogun, his pregnant wife, Mary; his apprentice, Taiye; and his twin brother, Kehinde, were reportedly kidnapped while traveling on a Toyota Sienna bus.

The victims reportedly traveled from Obbo Ayegunle to Osi when their vehicle was attacked by kidnappers in the middle of the 12-kilometer road.

A member of security personnel, who does not want her name printed, said a woman identified as Mary, who is believed to be the mechanic’s wife, was rescued from the forest by the combined team of police officers. security deployed to rescue victims.

A relative of the mechanic, Ms. Laoye Seyifunmi, told PUNCH on Saturday that the kidnappers abandoned Sunday’s vehicle by the side of the road after ordering the victims to go to the bush.

Another source close to the family, who prefers anonymity, said the kidnappers contacted the family, demanding a ransom of $ 10 million.

“They contacted the family to demand a ransom of $ 10 million. We were able to negotiate it at N4m. Although the family and the community were able to bring N2m together; they rejected him and ordered a Toyota Sienna bus in his workshop be sold to pay the ransom, ”he said.

The security official told our correspondent that agents from all security agencies, hunters and vigilante groups had been deployed to track down the kidnappers and search for the other three victims in the forests of Kwara and Kwara states. Ekiti.

“We still have Sunday and the twin brothers in the kidnapper’s lair as we speak. But they (the kidnappers) have since left the woman, ”the source added.

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Brandon D. James