By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin has described worrisome the spate of kidnapping of innocent citizens in Ibarapa area of the state.
He said measures have been intensified to curb the development.
The Speaker disclosed this during his visit to the office of the state Park Management Committee, Eruwa, where he was informed that the abduction of passengers in the 18-seater Mazda Primera on Wednesday night was untrue.
The Speaker said: “The information we first received was that passengers of an 18-seater bus Mazda Primera bus were abducted, but during my visit to the Eruwa Park Manager’s office, we discovered that the story was untrue, but only two persons were kidnapped in a six-passenger vehicle.
“The issue of kidnapping in the region has become so worrisome, and I want to assure you that measures are ongoing by the security operatives and local vigilante to curb the menace and rescue the victims.”
Earlier in his submission, the Park Manager of Eruwa, Gbenga Ojedapo, said cases of kidnapping in the area have become alarming and call for concern.
He said the abduction of the two persons on Wednesday night occurred at Opeki Bridge area between Eruwa and Igboora.
Ojedapo explained that the abductors have contacted the husband of one of the victims on the telephone and demanded N10 million ransom for her release.
He, however, disclosed that the abductors have stopped negotiations because the husband could not meet up with their demands.
The Park Manager further said efforts had been made by the park management and the police in the area to secure the release of the victims but nothing had been achieved.
He then urged the Speaker to assist them to facilitate the release of the victims, just as he called for a collective efforts to free the victims.