Former Minister of State for Education, Iyabo Anisulowo, who was kidnapped last week Wednesday April 27th alongside her security aide by some armed men on Sawonjo/Imasayi Road, in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, has been rescued yesterday by the police.
Anisulowo arrived at the Ogun state government house, Isale-Igbehin at about 10.p.m. in company of the state Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, after being rescued by the police at about 7.p.m. at Gbegbelawo village near Olorunda town in Abeokuta North Council Area.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, who spoke to newsmen, said two persons have been arrested in connection with the abduction. Adejobi disclosed that one of the suspects was a kingpin and was arrested at a hotel in Lagos on his way to Dubai while the other suspect is a lady.
He however refused to disclose the names of the suspects. He said:
“Their names are withheld for now till we finish our investigation. “We thank God that Mama was rescued alive and well.”
Iyabo Anisulowo recounted her ordeal, saying she had not eaten since Wednesday and had to live on water. She knew security agents were searching for her, so this gave her strength and hope that she would survive the incident.
Gov. Ibikunle Amosun commended the security agencies which deployed their personnel and equipment in the rescue effort. He said that though the abductors demanded a ransom of N200 million, nothing was eventually paid. Expressing his confidence in the ability of the police to provide security , the governor called on the Federal Government to adequately equip the Force.
The ex-minister’s rescue came just 24 hours after the Ogun State Police Command had offered a reward of five million Naira to anyone with useful information that could lead to the rescue of the abducted Senator.