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Governor Abiodun orders manhunt for kidnappers of Sagamu-Ijebu Ode highway travellers

The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has ordered security agents to launch a massive manhunt for perpetrators of Sunday’s kidnapping along the Sagamu-Ijebu Ode expressway, stressing that the government will not allow kidnappers to turn the state to their den.

Penpushing reports that it is recalled that yet-to-be-ascertained number of people were reportedly kidnapped in multiple incidents around the Police Area Command and Ilishan City Gate on the ever-busy road by gunmen who ambushed them at about 9 p.m.

The unconfirmed reports suggest that the kidnapping was an insider’s job as all the victims were foreign nationals who arrived in the country the same day the incident occurred and that they were probably trailed to the location where the incidents took place.

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Penpushing further reports that, the Governor in response to the incident in a statement on Tuesday promised that the perpetrators would be smoked out and punished, disclosing that all the security agencies, including the police, army, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), Amotekun, So Safe Corps and local hunters are on the trail of the kidnappers with arrays of security gadgets, including drones.

The Governor assured the people that their security is guaranteed as the present administration has committed so much to secure the state, emphasising that decisive action is being taken to apprehend the perpetrators and ensure the safe return of the victims

“Following Sunday’s kidnapping incidents that occurred in Ilishan, we want to reassure all residents that decisive action is being taken to apprehend the perpetrators and ensure the safe return of the victims’, he stated.

“The security forces have launched a comprehensive manhunt and are working tirelessly to track down the kidnappers. Additional security measures and patrols have also been deployed to the affected area and across the state to prevent any further incidents’, Abiodun added.

“We understand the concerns and anxiety this incident has caused, but we want to emphasise that Ogun State remains a safe place to live, work, and visit. The government is committed to maintaining law and order and will not relent in its efforts to protect the lives and property of all citizens’, he said.

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