In the wake of the rescue of Senator Anisulowo in a town called Gbegbelawo near Olorunda Town in Ogun State, the state governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosu has praised the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase and other security agencies to the high heavens. While recounting his experience during the interaction and negotiations with the kidnappers, the governor expressed his satisfaction at the manner at which the Police and other security agencies shared intelligence to ensure the rescue of Mrs. Anisulowo.
“In all of this, credit must also go to the Nigeria Police and its leadership for their effort at ensuring that the Senator was not only rescued unhurt but some of the suspected abductors arrested.”
Amosun appreciated the personal intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, on the incident.
He also thanked all security agencies in the state for their effort in ensuring Anisulowo’s release and expressed confidence that with modern day equipment, the police, army and the Directorate of State Services (DSS) would ensure the protection of lives and property of Nigerians.
He described the rescue of the victim as a huge success and that the feat would bring down the act of kidnapping in the country.
The governor said though the kidnappers demanded N200 million as ransom, no kobo was paid to secure Anisulowo’s release.
His words: “I have always argued that our security agencies can work, unless they don’t want to. We need to give kudos to God and thank our security people. This indeed is a different experience for me, I see the extent to which our security agencies can go.
“I don’t want to sound immodest, but I want to thank Mr. President and the IG, the Army and the SSS. They created a war room and everybody was communicating everyday. Like I said, I don’t want to sound immodest, but truly, the way they have resolved this is amazing.
“I want to place on record that the IG personally got involved, the AIG, the Commissioners of Police of Ogun, Oyo, Lagos and Kwara, and of course, all the Commandants of the Nigeria Army in each of those states. All of them got involved. Indeed, the State Security Service in all of the states that we mentioned were all involved. At all times, they were being briefed.
“We spoke with her and with them (kidnappers). They were moving from one place to another and they did that wonderfully well. Believe me, it was a pleasant surprise that technologically our people can do what they did.
“If they give them (security agents) necessary equipment, they will work wonders. It is a huge victory. I think the issue of kidnapping will go down a bit, with what they (security agencies) have achieved.
It wont be out of place to say that the Nigeria Police in recent times have moved away from the era of rhetorics, the ongoing reform initiated by the IGP, Solomon Arase is apparently paying-off afterall. Gone were those days when in situation like this, the police will come out to issue a public statement that the victim will be rescued and kidnappers arrested and yet nothing will happen in months, leaving the victim to sought out him/herself.
The Nigeria police is fast regaining the confidence of the public given its recent achievements in cracking down organized armed robbery cases across the country and continuous rescue of kidnapped victims and arrest of abductors. such that, people willingly give out useful information to the police via various media platforms to assist them in unraveling crime situation/s.