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Kidnapped Lagos Monarch finally regains freedom

Exactly one week after three unknown men abducted the Baale of Shangisha – Magodo, Lagos State, Chief Mutiu Ogundare, along the Center for Management Development (CMD) road, Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area (LCDA), the monarch has finally regained his freedom.

Chief Ogundare regained his freedom from his abductors yesterday, July 12, 2017.

He was reportedly released without any ransom paid days after attempts to secure his release had proven difficult because the alleged kidnappers had switched off his phones and made no attempt to contact the family, The Guardian reports.

His family was in anguish until he was rescued by the operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), after which he put a call to his brother to alert his family of his release.

A police source who pleaded for anonymity said the Baale was picked up around Alausa as he was seen walking around aimlessly.

The source said: “RRS operatives were on patrol close to Alausa when they saw him walk up to the vehicle to introduce himself and they picked him up. He was taken to RRS headquarters where he was interrogated and allowed to call his brother.”

The source further disclosed that it was the call that set off an alarm within the police operatives on ground, as the brother’s reaction to his release was not satisfactory enough.

“We tried to interview him about his ordeal but there were several inconsistencies. He said he was neither beaten nor interrogated, neither did they ask him for contacts of his family members. He also claimed that while in captivity they did not blindfold him. Rather, they gave him free access to move around. He said he was only blindfolded when they wanted to release him,” the Police source said.

Recall that the monarch was kidnapped on Thursday, July 6, 2017, in company of his brother, Mohammed Adams, when some unknown persons who claimed to be potential land buyers allegedly lured them out of the palace.

 

Source: Inside Mainland

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