The Oyo State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of a 24-year-old poultry farmer, Ayodeji Emmanuel by unknown gunmen who attacked Oke Odan, Olomo, Apete, Ibadan.
He was working on his father’s farm, where he was kidnapped around 5 pm while working on his father’s farm.
Sources revealed that the abductors entered the farm with guns, and started shooting sporadically, to spread fear in the workers on the farm premises and environs.
The Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Gbenga Fadeyi substantiated the incident adding that the Divisional Police Officers in Apete, directed Police patrol teams to the scene taking along local hunters and vigilantes to search the near bushes in a bid to arrest the hoodlums.
The police command further revealed that these efforts are equally aimed at ensuring the safe release of the victim.
The Commissioner of Police assured the good people of Oyo State of the Police’s preparedness at all times to confront the criminal elements who want destroy the State while asking for the rigid supports of the general public not to allow criminal elements have a place to dwell among them.
The Gunmen have however asked for a ransom of N100 million from the family of the kidnapped, to regain his freedom.
The kidnappers used the victim’s phone to call his father at about 10:00 pm to demand the ransom of N100 million.
Since their call on Monday night, they have not placed a follow-up call, according to informed sources in the community.
Due to this incident many landlords, residents, vigilante group members and security guards kept vigil at the scene of the incident.
On the heel of the abduction, residents of the area were ready to engage in an ethnic clash, saying they can not allow this crime to happen again in their community. It was the intervention of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Apete division, that was able to calm their embittered hearts.