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Abducted Twins of Otun Olubadan, Oba Lekan Balogun, Freed


iT was good news on Tuesday in Ibadan as it emerged that the abducted twins of Oba Lekan Balogun, the Otun-Olubadan of Ibadanland, were released earlier on Monday afternoon. It was seven days after they were kidnapped.
The release did not come free. The twins were said to have been released after their abductors had collected a ransom of N10 million.
The twins have since been moved to an undisclosed hospital for medical check-up.
An elated Oba Balogun said the twins were released unhurt. He said that he had heard their voices, but he had not seen them.
He confirmed the payment of N10 million to the kidnappers to secure the release of the twins, adding the money paid could not be compared to the joy of their safe return.
“My wife and the mother of the twins, Mrs. Funmilayo Balogun, had gone to Lagos to monitor the medical check-up of the twins and bring them back to Ibadan.
“On-the-spot assessment by my wife reinforced my belief and conviction that the children were released unhurt.
“They could have possibly reunited with the family today, but for the results of some of the tests carried out on the twins being awaited.”
Funmilayo, the mother of the abducted twins in a telephone interview, expressed joy seeing her children seven days after they were abducted.
“To say that I was happy and I’m still happy now is an understatement. I can’t be thankful enough to God Almighty for protecting my children during the period just as I thank everybody involved in the release,” she said.
She expressed optimism that the medical report being awaited would be favourable and promised that they would come back to Ibadan as soon as possible.
The Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Adekunle Ajisebutu, also confirmed the release and promised that police would soon apprehend the offenders.
“The abducted twins have been released and reunited with their family. The Command is still making frantic efforts to apprehend the culprits,” he said.
Meanwhile, the paramount ruler of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has congratulated the Baloguns on the safe return of the children.
Adeola Oloko, the Olubadan’s personal assistant and director of media said the Olubadan described the release as a great news.

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