Friday 28 July 2023

Kidnappers Abduct Farmer in Iregun-Ijesa, Demand 15m Ransom

A farmer, Banji Idowu has been kidnapped by some yet-to-be identified kidnappers in Osun.

Idowu who is a retired teacher in Lagos was kidnapped on his farm located at Iregun via Ilowa in Obokun Local Government area of Osun State.

The ugly incident according to a family source occured on Monday, July 24, 2023 around 4:00pm.

Also, some live bullets suspected to be that of AK 47 riffle were found at the scene of the incident indicating the kind of the arms they have in their possession.

“Banji Idowu was a teacher. He was teaching in Lagos before he retired and after his retirement he relocated to Ilesa and farming at Iregun village.

“On the day of incident, on Monday July 24, he spoke with his wife on phone and some minutes after 4:pm in the evening, he number could not be reached again.

He further said, we received a call from the kidnappers on Tuesday. They demanded for a sum of N30 million to release him. We have reported the matter at the Ayeso police station, but we were directed to go and report at Obokun police division, in Ibokun.

“Police and members of the local hunters are combing the bush in the area.

“Amotekun men are also involved in the search. But currently, the victim is still with them (abductors). They later called back late yesterday asking us to pay a sum of N15 million with a condition that the ransom must be paid in cash.

Osun Police Command Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, when contacted on Friday confirmed the incident.

She said, “we are already working on the incident. He will be rescued.”

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