Gunmen kidnap 2 daughters of ex-Western Region senior official in Oyo, demand N100m ransom
Two daughters of a former Director of Sports in the defunct old Western Region, the late Chief Emiola Adesina, have been kidnapped in Oyo State.
According to reports, the victims were identified as Pastor Omobola Adepoju and Mrs Abiola Olukotun.
They were said to be on a farm in the Badeku area of Ibadan, Oyo State when their kidnappers swooped in and whisked them away to an undisclosed location on Monday.
Sources say the women had concluded the funeral of their father barely a week ago.
The pastor reportedly flew in from Atlanta, the United States for the burial ceremony.
The kidnappers have demanded N100 million ransom, The Punch quoted a family source as saying.
Mr. Kitolu Olukotun, the husband of Abiola, disclosed that the kidnappers were six in number, noting that three of them were Fulani herdsmen while the three others were Yoruba.
“My wife and sister-in-law went to the farm in the afternoon on Monday. Suddenly, the kidnappers emerged from the bush. According to one of my boys on the farm, they were six in number.
“Three of them are Fulani, while the remaining three are Yoruba. One of them was carrying an AK-47 rifle, which he fired in the air. They shot at the tyre of a vehicle and also fired a shot at the driver of our customers.
“They ransacked the vehicle. After that, they marched my wife and sister-in-law through the bush path. When they called me, they demanded N100m. But, I told them that I didn’t have such money. I told them to accept N1m, which they rejected. They then refused to speak with me again. They have been threatening my wife. They insisted that they would not take anything less than N20m,” Olukotun said.
Oyo State Police Command confirmed the abduction on Tuesday.
State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Olugbenga Fadeyi, said, “The women were kidnapped yesterday (Monday) on a farm in the Badeku area of Ibadan. The Commissioner of Police, Mr Shina Okukolu, has given an order to his men to bust the crime.
“As we speak, personnel of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, the Special Tactical Team, the Police Tactical Team, the Operation Puff Adder, the IGP Tactical Team and the Federal SARS have all been deployed in the area.
“They have cordoned off the area and are carrying out a massive manhunt for the kidnappers in order to secure the release of the victims. I spoke with the officer in charge of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad and he said policemen were combing the bush and the adjoining communities in an effort to secure the release of the victims.”