Oyo State was tensed yesterday as unknown gunmen kidnapped a family of eight including a nursing mother, at a hotel in Ajaawa, Ogbomoso, in Ogo Oluwa Local Government Area of the state, just as some gunmen, Newsprremises reports.
The victims, including a hotelier, Mr. Olukunle Oyedokun, his wife, Juliana, and seven others.
Some gunmen also, attempted to attack Yoruba freedom fighter, Mr. Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, in his Soka residence, Ibadan in the state capital.
The Nation report that the kidnapping incident occurred at 10:30 pm on Saturday, throwing residents of the sleepy community into panic.
This came on a day a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Ebenezer Busuyi, who was kidnapped last week Thursday, regained his freedom after payment of a ransom.
Meanwhile, the Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, yesterday, urged traditional rulers in the South-West, especially the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, to convene a Yoruba Leaders’ of Thought meeting to tackle the insecurity and unemployment challenges facing the region.
Confirming the story, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Adewale Osifeso, said it was true that some people were kidnapped but could not disclose the number of those abducted.
Osifeso said: “Yes, I’m aware that a hotel was attacked at Ajaawa, where the abduction of some people took place. Our men are actively on the trail of the abductors. Investigations are ongoing.”
A source, who gave vivid details of the abduction, told Vanguard that apart from kidnapping the hotelier and his wife, who is a nursing mother, the brother’s wife, Julianah Oyedokun, and her 10-year-old son, John Omoriyeba, and her daughter, six-year-old Adesewa; another Oyedokun’s child, Oluwajuwonlo, and a guest in the hotel were abducted by the bandits.
The source said the hoodlums stormed the hotel, which is behind CAC Primary School, Lagbedu Road, Ogbomoso, around 10pm.
Vanguard also gathered that the abductors, who looked like herders, fired several shots to scare people in the area before kidnapping their victims.
While the abductors held their victims’ hostage, two other persons were said to have escaped into the bush.
The kidnappers were said to have called the family members, on Sunday, asking for N15 million ransom.
Though the ransom has been reduced to N2.5 million, the family members are still sourcing for the money.
But narrating the attack on Mr. Igboho, his spokespersons, Messrs Koiki Olayomi and Dapo Salami, said the attack was futile.
According to them, the attackers stormed the house around 1:30 am and attempted to set it ablaze but they were resisted by the vigilant security aides of Igboho.
Though the two aides didn’t confirm if there was an exchange of gunfire, Vanguard gathered that there was exchange gunfire.
Koiki, on his Facebook page, said the gunmen invaded the home of Sunday Igboho located at Soka area of Ibadan in the early hours of Monday.
Some residents of the area said they were praying earnestly while the gunshots were being fired.
Koiki said: “The gunmen came exactly 1.30 am, they attempted to enter the house but they were resisted. I cannot confirm the number of those who came. But, they came and they were resisted.
“We are not suspecting anyone, but we know that some people came. They came and they were resisted, that is just it.”
Salami, who spoke with Vanguard in a telephone conversation, said: “Yes, the hoodlums came to the Soka residence of Chief Sunday Igboho at 1:30 am but there was stiff resistance by our men.”
When asked if the attackers were able to get Chief Igboho, he said no adding that Chief Igboho was safe.
He said: “I have not seen him but the attackers couldn’t get to him. He is in a safe place now.”
Also speaking, a resident, who spoke with Vanguard, said: “There are criminals out there who have been bold enough to own up to attacks on some people, this same government is not after them. It appears the government wants to cause a problem in the country.”
Some residents said the police, Amotekun Corps and hunters had started combing the bushes in search of the kidnappers and their victims.