SUSPECTED kidnappers, on Tuesday morning, abducted Mrs Felicia Oyenuga, wife of a member of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Honourable Olufowobi Oyenuga, at Odoladelepo, in Ijebu East Local Government Area of the state.
The woman was, however, rescued unhurt, while no ransom was paid.
Nigerian Tribune recalled that there were rising cases of kidnapping in the state in recent times, the last of which was the abduction of the wife of the former deputy speaker of the assembly, Dr Tokunbo Oshin, Bola, who was released two weeks after abduction.
Also, the mother of another lawmaker, a former deputy speaker, Honourable Remmy Hazzan, Mrs Racheal Hazzan, was also kidnapped at her country home in Omu, Odogbolu Local Government Area some months back.
It was the same scenario when the wife of a former member representing Ijebu East, Honourable Samson Onademuren, was also kidnapped by the hoodlums.
Mrs Oyenuga, it was gathered, was kidnapped shortly after her son dropped her at their farm at about 10.00 a.m.
The quick intervention of members of the vigilante from Ijebu-Ife and the police led to the eventual arrest of the driver of the gang, identified as Ahmed Folorunso, at Ondo road area of Ijebu-Ode.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Folorunso was said to have been arrested in the operational vehicle of the gang marked LAGOS EPE 663 AJ, while the other members went away with the victim.
Adejobi said “we got a report that a woman was kidnapped this morning at Ijebu Ife. We learnt that some members of the state vigilante service in the area gave the kidnappers a hot chase.
“Another police patrol team were detailed to join them in the pursuit. They caught up with one of the members of the gang, Ahmed Folorunso, at Ijebu Ode, in their operational vehicle with number plate EPE 663 AJ. The suspect is already in our custody.”
Later in the evening after the woman had been rescued, Adejobi said another member of the gang was arrested by the police and their operational vehicle impounded.
She confirmed the released of the woman, adding that no ransom was paid.
Nigerian Tribune also learnt that the kidnappers had reached out to the lawmaker, who is representing Ijebu East state constituency in the assembly, and had reportedly demanded a ransom of N25 million.