By Olawale Jokotoye
The police in Ogun said they have rescued two Chinese kidnapped on Sept. 1, at Odeda in Odeda Local Government Area of the state.
The Acting Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the command, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, made this known when he addressed newsmen in Abeokuta on Thursday.
Oyeyemi told newsmen that the expatriates, Shen Ximing and Wei Futang, were rescued on Wednesday.
He explained that Ximing and Futang were abducted by some gunmen while working at a quarry.
Oyeyemi said a police team comprising men of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit and the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad had been on the trail of the abductors since the incident happened.
He said the police, however, caught up with the criminals who abandoned their victims and ran away when they were engaged in a heated gun battle at their hideout.
Oyeyemi said the two foreigners, who were rescued unhurt, have been handed over to the managers of the quarry, adding that they were recuperating at an undisclosed hospital.
The spokesman reminded Ogun residents of the appeal of the Commissioner of Police, Malam Ahmed Illiyasu, for them to stop encouraging the kidnappers by paying ransom.
“The message of the commissioner is very clear: Do not encourage the kidnappers by paying ransom.
“When you pay ransom, you are invariably encouraging them that the business is viable.
“Allow the police to do their job and you will discover that the kidnappers will eventually be caught,” he said.
(Edited by David Onilede/Felix Nwadioha)