The Police Command in Oyo State on Monday confirmed the death of a soldier and a civilian, in their attempt to rescue a foreign national, Hassan Mills, from his abductors.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, said in a statement in Ibadan that the gunmen abducted Mills on Saturday as he was getting to his Panorama Farms at Oke Alaro area of Ibadan.
He said that a combined team of security operatives of “Operation Burst’’ invited to the scene of abduction found the two corpses on Sunday, while combing the surrounding forest to effect the release of Mills.
“Not too long, one army lieutenant sustained gunshot injury on his right lap and was immediately taken to the hospital, while an aide of Mills escaped during exchange of gunfire,” he said.
Fadeyi noted that the movements of foreign nationals were not always made known to the police to enable them to offer professional advice appropriately.
“Also, negotiations with captors are always concealed from the police,’’ he added.
He, however, pledged that efforts would be intensified to secure the release of Mills and the arrest of his abductors.