Operatives of the Ekiti State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun corps, have rescued a businessman, Happiness Ajayi, who was kidnapped on December 25, 2020, in the state.
It was said that Ajayi was kidnapped along Isan-Iludun-Ekiti road in Oye Local Government Area of the state, alongside his cousin, Oluwaseun Fatile.
However, Amotekun corps rescued Fatile from the gunmen, while Ajayi was said freed in a forest in Isapa community of Kwara State at about 3:00pm on December 28.
Speaking with journalists in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital on Monday, the Amotekun corps commander, Brigadier General Joe Komolafe (rtd) said the victim was rescued from the kidnappers after a hot chase.
He disclosed that his men were in the forest immediately the incident occurred on Friday, searching for the victim.
He noted that the kidnappers abandoned Ajayi after they realized that they were being chased.
Komolafe, however, denied that ransom was paid to secure the release of the victim, saying, ”we did what is required of us since Friday and we were successful this afternoon (Monday) when he was left alone.”
Recounting his experience, the victim said his abductors forced him to trek in the forest bare footed for 72 hours.
Ajayi stated that he was not given anything to eat since they abducted him.
The victim also said his abductors were Hausas.