Ogun vigilance group rescues Osun Speaker’s wife

The abducted wife of the Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Mr. Najeem Salam, on Saturday regained her freedom from her kidnappers after about five days in captivity.

The speaker’s first wife, Muiba, was abducted in Ejigbo, Osun State, last Tuesday by unknown gunmen who chased her car and abducted her as she attempted to escape.

Acting on a tip-off, security operatives on Saturday stormed the Ogunmakin, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway hideout of the kidnappers and rescued Mrs. Salam after an exchange of fire.

SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that two of the suspected kidnappers who attempted to smuggle the Osun Speaker’s wife from the hideout were shot dead by the rescue team.

Three other members of the gang were also arrested and handed over to the State Police Headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta.

The State Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, declined to comment on the rescue mission.

As at 8.00pm on Saturday, Okoye said he was yet to be given details of the incident.

Security sources however, disclosed that the Ogun State Vigilance Service carried out the arrest of the kidnappers and the rescue.

A statement by the Osun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Sunday Akere, on Saturday night, rejoiced with the Speaker on the rescue of his wife.

Several people thronged the palace of the Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Omowonuola Oyesosin, on Saturday, after receiving the news of the rescue just as the Speaker’s residential quarters in Osogbo was visited by numerous sympathisers.

THE PUNCH had exclusively reported that the kidnappers had demanded a ransom of N200m for the release of the 38-year-old woman and mother of four.

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