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Nigeria Police offer N5 million for information on abducted ex-Minister



The Ogun State Police Command on Monday offered a N5 million reward for information that could lead to rescue of a former minister, Iyabo Anisulowo, who was kidnapped last week.

The 65-year-old who served in the military regime of Sani Abacha, has so far spent six days in captivity.

She was abducted on Wednesday while returning from her farm in Sawonjo in Yewa South local government area of the state.

Officials briefed about the investigation had told PREMIUM TIMES that the abductors demanded N200 million ransom.

Police said they were offering a cash reward to hasten Mrs. Anisulowo’s rescue.

“The Ogun State Police Command has offered N5m (Five million naira only) reward to any informant(s) who has useful information for the police on the kidnapping of the former senator and minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Iyabo Anisulowo, who was kidnapped recently at Sawonjo/Iganokoto area of Ogun State,” a statement from the police said.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said in the statement that the Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, made the declaration after a security meeting with officers of the command, and other security chiefs in the state.

Those at the meeting included the Commander, 35 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Alamala, Abeokuta, S. Danwalis, and the Director of Department of State Security Ogun State, Kabir Sanni.

“The Commissioner of Police Ogun State therefore appeals to the general public to support the police and give useful information that can assist in the rescue operation of the kidnapped victim,” the statement said.

He added the command had dedicated 09020911911, 08081774631, 08081766937 for the public to reach the police, with the assurance that informants would enjoy adequate security as their information would be made confidential.

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