A traditional title holder at Igasi Akoko in the Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, High Chief Ojo Ajaguna, who was reportedly kidnapped by gunmen on Friday, has escaped from his abductors’ den, after the kidnappers reportedly slept off.
It was learnt that Ajaguna fled the kidnappers’ den after the hoodlums slept off, though it could not be confirmed if they were charmed to sleep off mysteriously.
A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said people in the community were sad when Ajaguna was abducted.
He noted that there was celebration in the town after news filtered in that he escaped.
“The victim regained his freedom when the assailants slept off in the forest. The entire Igasi Akoko community was agog when he came back”, he stated.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed the development.
The PPRO said, “Yes, it was reported to us that the victim was abducted, but he came back home safely and we have commenced investigation into the matter”.
This is coming few weeks after 10 persons were abducted by some gunmen on a farm at Ayede Ogbese in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.
It was gathered that those abducted include a farmer, identified as Femi Alawiye alongside his workers.
A source said Alawiye was called on the phone that his farm was on fire and he quickly rushed down to the farm to see the level of the purported inferno. As he got to the farm, the hoodlums appeared and whisked them away .
He said: “On Saturday in the late evening, he (Alawiye) was called on the phone that his farm was on fire, he quickly rushed to the scene.
“On getting to the farm, the armed men suddenly appeared and whisked them away to an unknown destination.
A family member of the kidnapped farmer, on condition of anonymity said the bandits had contacted the family , demanding a summer of N100million ransom and after series of negotiation, the sum was reduced to N10miliion .