Abducted Italian Engineer Released in Ilorin

Italian Engineer An Italian engineer, Modesto di Girolamo, working for Borini Prono Construction Company, who was kidnapped in Ilorin, Kwara State has been released.

The 77 year-old Italian was kidnapped about 5.30pm last Monday while he was inspecting drainage and road projects at Bishop Smith Road, near Stella Obasanjo Hall along Ilorin-Offa Road. The project was embarked upon by the Kwara State Government.

Our correspondent learnt on Sunday that Girolamo was released on Saturday, but details of his release was not made available to journalists.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chinwike Asadu on Sunday confirmed the release of the expatriate but declined further information or comments, according to him, to avoid jeopardizing investigations.

“I can confirm his release but would make no more comments or give details to avoid jeopardizing investigations,” Asadu said.

Also the Kwara State Government on Sunday expressed happiness and relief over the development.

The Senior Special Assistant to Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed on Media and Communication, Dr. Muyideen Akorede said government was pleased with the release of the expatriate.

He reiterated the commitment of the state government toward ensuring safety of lives and property in the state.

“Government takes the security of lives and property of all residents very seriously and is pleased by news of Mr. Modesto di Girolamo’s release,” Akorede said.

Our correspondent also gathered that the government in Rome, capital of Italy, the home country of the expatriate, was extremely delighted at his release.

The Italian Foreign Minister, Giulio Terzi, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation expressed great satisfaction with Girolamo’s release.

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