The Oyo State Police Command has confirmed the kidnapping of two sisters, Pastor Omobola Adepoju and Mrs Abiola Olukotun, from a farm in Ibadan on Monday.
The victims are the daughters of the former Director of Sports within the defunct old Western Region, and Proprietor of the Subuola Memorial Nursery/Primary School, Ibadan, and the late Chief Emiola Adesina.
The information of their abduction was made recognized in a brief message to one in all our correspondents on Tuesday by a retired permanent secretary and professor/directing member of workers of the Nationwide Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos, Plateau State, Tunji Olaopa.
In accordance with the police, the community, where the victims had been kidnapped, had been cordoned off by security agents in an effort to rescue them and arrest the abductors.
The Police Public Relations Officer within the command, Olugbenga Fadeyi, informed one in all our correspondents, “The ladies had been kidnapped yesterday (Monday) on a farm within 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 within the area.
“They’ve cordoned off the area and are finishing up a massive manhunt for the abductors so as to secure the release of the victims. I spoke with the officer in command of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad and he mentioned policemen had been combing the bush and the adjoining communities in an effort to secure the release of the victims.”
A detailed household supply mentioned on Tuesday that the funeral of Adesina held per week in the past.
“Omobola got here in from Atlanta, United States, and was together with her sister on her farm at a location on the Ife Highway in Ibadan after they had been each kidnapped on Monday. The abductors have known as the household to demand N100m,” the supply said.
When contacted, Abiola’s husband, Mr Kitolu Olukotun, mentioned the abductors had been six in number and alleged that three of them had been Fulani herders, whereas the others had been Yoruba.
He said, “My spouse and sister-in-law went to the farm within the afternoon on Monday. Out of the blue, the abductors emerged from the bush. In accordance with one in all my boys on the farm, they had been six in quantity.
“Three of them are Fulani, whereas the remaining three are Yoruba. One in all them was carrying an AK-47 rifle, which he fired within the air. They shot on the tyre of a car and likewise fired a shot on the driver of our prospects.
“They ransacked the car. After that, they marched my spouse and sister-in-law by way of the bush path. Once they known as me, they demanded N100m. However, I informed them that I didn’t have such cash. I informed them to just accept N1m, which they rejected. They then refused to talk with me once more. They’ve been threatening my spouse. They insisted that they might not take something lower than N20m.”
In the meantime, the police in a press release on Tuesday warned towards the indiscriminate building of unmanned group gates and careless patronage of commercial motorcyclists by residents of the state in view of the rising insecurity.
The assertion learn partially, “The Commissioner of Police needs to draw the eye of members of the general public to the indiscriminate building of unmanned safety gates in our communities and streets. The follow although seems to be a response to a safety want, a review of the state of affairs has proven that the technique doesn’t obtain a lot as criminals in our midst have continued to breach it.
“The current expertise of the police in response to misery calls has been irritating. The CP, due to this fact, needs to advise one and all to be circumspect with the development and set up of unmanned safety gates of their atmosphere. It’s professionally advisable that whereas we lock our doorways and gates towards intruders, we needs to be conscious of different exigencies.
“If there’s a want in any respect to put in safety gates, we should endeavor to make them accessible to safety companies, who could also be responding to misery calls or different emergencies like fireplace or different life-threatening well being points.”
The command additionally warned residents to be cautious of kidnappers disguising as commercial motorcyclists, including, “As an example, a working example is the story of a commercial motorcyclist, who underneath the pretext of avoiding the duty force, took two youngsters far past the gate of their school.
“The distress name by the youngsters attracted bystanders and a police team. The hoodlum was arrested and is being interrogated.”