Kidnappers abduct twins, FRSC marshals in Ekiti, Osun
Three persons including a twin have been abducted at the weekend along Aramoko-Erio-Efon road in Ekiti West local government area of the state. The route, which stretched to Iwaraja axis of Osun border, had become very dangerous to motorists because of the activities of kidnappers and armed robbers.
Among the abductees are Ibadan-based twins, Kehinde and Taiwo Olowoafara, who were kidnapped by suspected herders at Aramoko Ekiti on Sunday. Another victim and General Secretary of Christ’s School Alumni Association, Ado Ekiti, Mr. Ayo Oladele, was abducted on Saturday.
The abductors, according to a family source, were requesting a sum of N6 million each from the twins, totaling N12 million ransom to regain their freedom. According to Oladele’s family, the kidnappers are demanding N10 million for him to be let off the hook.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr. Caleb Ikechukwu, said the incidents have been reported to the police. He added that every resource was being deployed by the police to ensure that those held hostage are set freed.
Also, two regular marshals of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Osun State were abducted by gunmen at Erin-Ijesa area of Akure/Ilesa highway on Monday. Investigation revealed that the victims simply identified as Abioye and Bayewuni were travelling late in the afternoon on the road when the armed bandits intercepted their vehicles.
However, the details of the incident were sketchy as at the time of filing this report. It was also gathered less than one hour after the two officers were kidnapped, their mobile phones could not be reached as the lines had been switched off.
Osun State police command confirmed the incident. The Police Public Relations Officer, Folasade Odoro, in a telephone interview, said a police team was on the trail of the bandits, assuring that the victims would be rescued, but the Osun State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Peter Oke, could not be reached for comment on the incident.