February 06, (THEWILL) – The abducted Widow of Kwara monarch and one other person kidnapped by gunmen have been rescued by security operatives.
THEWILL reports that the victims were abducted on Thursday night, February 1, when gunmen invaded the Palace of Olukoro of Koro Kingdom, Late Oba Olusegun Aremu-Cole.
In a statement on Tuesday, Spokesperson of the Kwara State Police Command, Toun Ejire-Adeyemi, said the late monarch’s wife and one other abducted victim were rescued at about 10:30 pm on Monday, during a joint operation by the Police, military, Directorate of the State Security (DSS) and Vigilante/Hunters.
The statement read: “Kwara State Police Command wishes to update the good people of Kwara State on the case of the assassination of the Olukoro of Koro Kingdom, Late Oba Olusegun Aremu-Cole, who was gruesomely murdered in his palace on February 1, 2024.
“In the course of the investigation, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, approved the deployment of a police chopper for aerial surveillance. This is to help comb the forest/boundary between Kwara and Ekiti states.
“A joint operation comprising the Police, military, Directorate of State Security (DSS), Vigilante/Hunters, who tirelessly combed the forest, yielded positive results. This operation led to the successful rescue of the wife of the late monarch and one other at about 22:3 hours of 05/02/24.
“The rescued kidnap victims have been reunited with their families, hale and hearty.
“The operation also led to the arrest of 13 male suspects who are presently in custody.
“These suspects are undergoing vigorous interrogation with a view towards aiding the arrest of members of the gang at large.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP VICTOR OLAIYA psc(+), remains resolute, maintaining his stand that the perpetrators of this dastardly act will face the full wrath of the law. He further urges the public to be calm and security conscious as they go about their daily activities without fear or anxiety.”