Police declare manhunt for abductors of Senator Anisulowo

Five crack police teams are on the trail of abductors of former Minister of State for Education, Senator Iyabo Anisulowo.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain was  kidnapped at about  8.30pm on Wednesday while returning from her farm in Igbogila, Yewa area of Ogun State.

Her younger brother, Kola Popoola, who disclosed this on telephone, said the senator went to her farm which was a daily routine before one of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) personnel attached to her returned home to inform members of her family that she had been taken away by unknown persons.

Public relations officer of the State Police Command,  DSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi confirmed the kidnapping.

He  said five  rescue teams, on the orders of Ogun State Police Commissioner, Abdulmajid Ali,  have been deployed to the area to trail the abductors.

A source said  that there has not been any communication between the kidnappers and the family, while appealing to the police to intensify efforts in rescuing the woman. All her phones have been switched off.

“The Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) and anti-kidnapping squad commanders have been sent to the area by the CP to rescue the senator and apprehend the perpetrators.

“We have also embarked on scientific investigation of the matter. We therefore assure the general public particularly the good people and Government of Ogun State that the kidnapped victim will be rescued very soon unhurt.

“We appeal to Nigerians and people of Ogun State to support the police command with useful information to assist the police,” PPRO said.

Anisulowo was a senator between 2003 and 2007, represented Ogun West Senatorial District at the National Assembly .

It will be recalled that Anisulowo was assaulted by fellow Senator Isa Mohammed on October 15, 2004, following allegations that she withdrew N500,000 and N700,000 respectively from the coffers of the Senate Committee for State and Local Governments.

She recently celebrated her 70th birthday  and was rumoured to be nursing a governorship ambition come 2019.