By Henry Odeh
The Oyo State Police Command has confirmed fresh three persons kidnapped in Ayete, Igangan area of Ibarapa North Local Government, Oyo state. Sunrisebulletin reports.
Confirming the kidnap to sunrisebulletin on Tuesday 3rd of May, the Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) Oyo State Command, DSP Adewale Osifeso said it is true three persons were kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Sunday 2nd of May at about some minutes after 6pm.
The Police Spokesman, DSP Osifeso, however, assured that the state command has already mobilized officers in a joint operation with the Igangan Police Division to Ibarapa in a bid to safely retrieve the abducted persons and bring the kidnappers to book.
“All I can confirm to you now is that three persons were kidnapped in Ayete area of Igangan but we have mobilized a swift response team of officers to the place in collaboration with the Igangan Division on ground.
“The people in the area should always endeavor to furnish the police with necessary information that will help the police achieve good results.
“The incident happened on Sunday evening around some minutes past 6pm and it took them about 17 hours to report the matter to the police around 12pm on Monday.
“The people must partner and collaborates with us to be able to do our work because we work with information too and the people must be willing to see us as partners in progress for us to be able to do our job well.” DSP Osifeso said.
Earlier, the Convener of Igangan Development Advocate, Oladiran Oladokun, had alerted sunrisebulletin on Monday 3rd of May, over an abduction of three persons which according to him happened around 7pm on Sunday 2nd of May.
“They are abbatoir operators who have cattles.
“Reports getting to us is that a cattle care taker called to alert Mr Kabiru Oladimeji on phone that their cattles were scattered about and the whereabout of their cattle rearer was unknown.
“This made Kabiru and the three other cow business owners rushed on a bike towards where their cattles were ranched.
“However, on the way they were attacked and One of them escaped, and he was the person who came home to alert the people.
“Three were captured and kidnapped. They are youths of average age of less than 40 years.
“They are Kazeem
immediate brother to Monsuru eleran a popular cow dealer, Oladimeji Kabiru, and Gafar Olagunju a.k.a Soka.
“It happened yesterday evening perhaps around 7pm but I waited to authenticate.
“The wife of Mr Kabiru Oladimeji said when his phone lines stopped going through, she called one of his brothers who at first wanted to keep her from panicking but had to tell her her husband has been kidnapped.
“She said they have started negotiations with the kidnappers suspected to be FULANIs.
“A brother to Mr Gafar whom we spoke to said it was a planned operation involving the collaboration of the Fulani kidnappers with the fulani cattle caretakers employed to cater for the cattles as when the people went to check the ranches, they find the cattles were not in disarray as reported to lure them but all the caretakers were no where to be found.
“Now a ransome demand of N10 million was previously made.
“Presently negotiations have reached N6 million naira for the three.” Oladokun stated.
Meanwhile, sunrisebulletin earlier reported that the Oyo State Police Command in a press release on Sunday said it recovered an AK-47 assault rifle from a suspected gunrunner at Bakatari, a border village between Oyo and Ogun state.
According to the Police statement, Police Officers on stop and search duty at Bakatari chased after a suspected a commercial motorcyclist popularly called ‘okada rider’ who after spotting the policemen attached to the Command’s monitoring Unit turned back to escape.
“Today being Sunday 2/05/2021 at about 1630HRS, Operatives attached to the Command’s monitoring Unit while on aggressive stop and search duty at Bakatari, a border village between Oyo and Ogun have recorded yet another breakthrough in the fight against crime and criminality.
“The suspect spotted the tactical officers while performing their routine intelligence driven checks from a far before immediately turning his Bajaj Motorcycle to flee.
“In swift response, the Tactical Operatives engaged in a hot pursuit after the fleeing suspect, into the pathways leading into the nearby forest. An action that led to a sack falling off the back of his Bajaj Motorcycle.
“A cursory look into the content of the sack revealed it was an AK-47 Rifle with breech number 353913.
“Comprehensive investigations are ongoing not only to apprehend the suspect but as well crack down his criminal network and supply chain.” The Police statement reads in part.
DSP Osifeso has however, stated that a comprehensive investigations are currently ongoing noting that the suspected gunrunner earlier intercepted at Bakatari may not be unconnected with the the abduction in Igangan.