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The Police on Tuesday night rescued the abducted former Minister of State for Education, Senator Iyabo Anisulowo.

She was said to have been rescued at Gbegbelawo village, a suburb of Olorunda town, located in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Anisulowo was abducted last Wednesday while returning from her farm in Sawonjo, Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The Ogun State Police Command said the 70 years old former Senator, was rescued alive by 7pm Tuesday at Gbegbinlawo village, near Olorunda town.

Her kidnappers had demanded N200million as ransom, while the Nigeria Police on Monday, offered a N5 million reward for information leading to her rescue.

Two persons, a woman and a man, have been arrested by the Police in connection with the abduction, while the king-pin of the kidnap gang was also arrested in Lagos while trying to escape to Dubai, Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said.

How she was rescued was still sketchy at the time of filing this report.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solo­mon Arase had ordered the deployment of the two helicopters on Saturday.

As part of efforts to rescue Anisulowo, Com­missioner of Police in the Ogun State, Abdulma­jid Alli and some senior officers of the Command had, on Friday, shifted the operational base to Ilaro, headquarters of Yewa South Local Gov­ernment area and other towns along Nigeria’s borders with neighbour­ing Republic of Benin.

The two choppers, which arrived on Satur­day, patrolled the likely hideouts of the suspected kidnappers in various areas within the state.

The search parties in­cluded Assistant Inspec­tor General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Com­mand Lagos, AIG Bala Hassan; Mr. Ali, Com­mander of the 35 Artil­lery Brigade, Brigadier General S. Danwalis; Director of the Depart­ment of State Security in the state, Mr. Kabir Sanni and search teams from Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and the office of the IGP, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The police boss in the state, who spoke on be­half of the teams, assured that the abducted former Minister of Education would soon be rescued unhurt and cul­prits apprehended.

He added that every officer of the command and members of the search teams have been having sleepless nights, since the day of the inci­dent, strategising.

He had assured the public that every profes­sional strategy would be harnessed to make sure the kidnapped female politician was brought back home safely.

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