Sunday, May 9

Gunmen kidnap hotelier, wife, 7 others in Ajaawa

Some gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted no fewer than nine people in Lagbedu area of Ajaawa in Ogo Oluwa local government of Oyo State.

OT gathered on Sunday that the gunmen kidnapped the nine people in a hotel Saturday evening.

They were abducted around at Agbo Hotel, located at Lagbedu area.

Among the nine people kidnapped included Mr Oyedokun Oyeniyi who is the owner of the Hotel.

Aside Oyedokun, his wife, Busayo Oyedokun, and the baby she’s nursing; his brother’s wife, Julianah Oyedokun, and her 10-year-old son, John; Oyedokun’s first child, Omoriyeba, and her daughter, six-year-old Adesewa; another Oyedokun’s child belonging to the older wife, Oluwajuwonlo; in addition to the guest were also kidnapped.

OT gathered that the hotelier was preparing for his father’s burial which has been fixed for Friday.

The gunmen stormed the hotel premises pretending to be lodgers.

It was learnt that the gunmen, suspected to be herdsmen, shot sporadically into the air before abducting the victims to an unknown destination through the bush.
Two of the people in the hotel however succeeded in escaping from being captured by the kidnappers.
It was further learnt that the kidnappers called the family members on Sunday, asking for N15 million as ransom.

The demanded ransom was eventually negotiated to N2.5 million, which a source said was still being looked for in order to secure freedom for the victims.

A police patrol team, which came to the scene on hearing about the gunshots, swiftly got some police operatives, Amotekun Corps, local hunters and vigilante group members to start combing the bush, in a hunt for the kidnappers and a bid to rescue the victims.

There had been fear and concern in the environs where the abduction occurred, as the residents said that such a thing had never been experienced in their vicinity.

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