By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Chairman, Oyo State Chapter, Poultry Association of Nigeria, Mr Agboola Gbemisoye and Farmers Ambassador in the state have raised the alarm over the spate of the kidnapping of members of the association in some parts of Ibadan by unknown gunmen.
Speaking with Western Post on the development, he said the issue first occurred on Monday at Arulogun area in Ibadan when a member of the association was suddenly abducted by unknown persons who were armed and covered their faces while perpetuating the nefarious act.
He said on the third day after they returned their first victim, they went ahead to kidnap another poultry farmer at Oritamerin area, a development which has caused great panic among poultry farmers in the state.
According to him, the abducted persons were returned in coma by the kidnappers to other areas after collecting a ransome from them, adding that the victims are currently receiving medical attention at the hospital as a result of the Shock and pain the suffered during the development.
“We are calling on the state government and security agency in the state to come to our aid because our members are now living in palpable fear.
“They are afraid of going to their poultry to do their business and take care of the fowls, because of the fear of being kidnapped.
“From the poultry association of Nigeria on recent spate of the kidnapping of members of Poultry Association Of Nigeria Oyo State Branch(PANOY) , we wish to intimate the Government of State that kidnappers are on the prowl along the stretch of Oritamerin, Oteda village, Arulogun, Oyedeji, Apatere, and Environs. Two of the Poultry farmers were kidnapped on their farms early this week with one released after meeting their conditions.
These criminal activities have caused serious concern to our members who are now living in fear and reluctant to go about their normal daily business schedule. If unchecked, farmers in the state would invariably be sacked from the farms; the consequential effects of which would undoubtedly be calamitous.
“It will be desirable for the government to urgently extend its security vigilance to these places as well as to other hot spots for possible crimes of such in the State. The farmers are now living in fears and therefore imploring our amiable governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde to come to our rescue.
“We are imploring you sir, to use your esteem position and office to assist us in providing adequate security to our members and communities along this axis and we like you to look into the recent kidnapping incident that took place on 2nd and 3rd of March, 2020 with a view of bringing the perpetrator to book.
Also speaking, Farmers Ambassador in the state, Chief Azeez Maboreje appealed to the government to urgently implement the Anti Open Grazing law in order to checkmate the evil activities of the criminals in the state.
Maboreje while commending the South West government for the Amotekun security initiative, urged them to include farmers in the security operations of the Amotekun, stating that the farmers best understand the terrain in the farm and forest areas.