…as abductors demand N45m ransom
By Mosunmola Ayobami,Kwara
Three farm managers were reportedly abducted by heavily armed suspected kidnappers at their commercial poultry farms at Pampo community, Asa local government area in Kwara state.
Westernpost gathered that the incident happened at about 4:00 pm on Monday in the agricultural farm community located on Eyenkorin Afon Ogele road in the local government area.
It was gathered that the suspected kidnappers, dressed in Army uniform, shot into the air when they arrived in Hilux vehicle at one of the two farms they operated.
The suspected kidnappers reportedly got hold of the chief security officer and locked him inside a room, before they took away the two farmworkers in the first poultry farm.
A source, who is the owner of the second farm, called Mirola farm, said that the bandits also abducted his farm manager when they visited his farm on their way out of the community.
The farm owner said that the suspected kidnappers had contacted the farm owners.
He added that they demanded a total sum of N45 million for the three people abducted, which he said is N15 million ransom for each person.
He said the people kidnapped are two males and a female, adding that the bandits spoke like Fulani.
According to him, “On Monday at about 4:30pm six suspected kidnappers in Army uniform heavily armed with AK 47 rifles, abducted three farm managers in our farms
“They took two farm managers and on their way out of the first farm, they branched to my farm to take my own farm manager too, making three people kidnapped. Two males and one female”.
Omopariola said that the matter had been reported to police, adding that the Police Intelligence had even discovered that the suspected kidnappers are still around a location in Lasoju community, in the local government area of the state.
“We have been contacted by them. They demanded N15 million each for the kidnapped people, making a sum of N45million.
“We begged them to take N1million for the three people, explaining that we’re poor farmers. They said we should go and get good money before the release of our people”.
The Police Public Relations Officer PPRO of the state Police Command, Ajayi Okasanmi, when contacted confirmed the incident.
He said that the state commissioner of Police, Mohammed Bagega, has drafted officers and men of the command on the incident, towards the eventual release of the kidnapped victims.
The PPRO assured that the kidnappers would soon be apprehended and the victims released to their families.