The Lebanese kidnapped from the Panarama Farm, Mekun, Oke Alaro in Ibadan, had been rescued, the Oyo State Police Command says.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
He said the victim, Hassan Mill, was taken to hospital for treatment after he was rescued and had since been reunited with his family.
Fadeyi however contradicted the reports that a policeman involved in the rescue operation was seized by the kidnappers.
He also charged the public not to believe the reports, describing it as the handiwork of mischievous writers.
The statement read, “Re: Abduction of Hassan Mill, a Lebanese kidnapped at Panarama Farm Mekun, Oke Alaro. Information received from the DPO, Oke Alaro, revealed that Hassan Mill has been rescued from his captors and has been reunited with his family, while he was taken to hospital for medical attention.
“In a related development, no police officer involved in the rescue operation was kidnapped and the trending statement from mischievous writers online should be disregarded.”
Earlier, an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps was reportedly killed during the rescue operation of the Lebanese by the Operation Burst.
It was also said, a soldier have been shot and injured by the hoodlums on Saturday.
Fadeyi had also said the corpses of a soldier and a civilian were found in the bush adding that an Army lieutenant was shot and injured during the rescue operation.
The PPRO had said, “On December 13, 2020, two corpses of a soldier and a civilian were discovered in the forest, while a civil defence personnel also sustained gunshot injury. It is worthy of note that the movement of the foreign nationals most of the time are not known to the police authority in the state to enable professional advice to be given appropriately.”
But the Director-General of Operation Burst, Col. Oladipo Ajibola (retd.), on Monday, denied the news of the killing of a soldier during the operation.
He said, “It is untrue that a soldier died in the process. No soldier died. Although a soldier was injured, we didn’t lose any of our men. An official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps lost his life in the operation.”