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Farm manager abducted in Ogun

Gunmen reportedly invaded the Idowa community in the Odogbolu Local Government area of Ogun State Monday afternoon, kidnapping the farm manager at Flourishing Poultry Farm, Tunde Osifowokan, the younger brother of the owner of the farm.

The gunmen were said to have arrived at the farm in a commando style.

They were said to have demanded for the owner of the business, who had travelled but was expected to return that day.

When none of the workers would talk out of fear, Osifowokan was said to have stood up to say the owner of the farm was not around.

The hoodlums had reportedly told him to identify himself and he said that he was the younger brother of the owner of the farm.

On Wednesday, the Sobaloju of Idowa, Chief Yusuf Olusanya, confirmed the incident saying, “Yes, the incident is true. The hoodlums, according to what I heard, came wearing masks and shooting sporadically.

“They demanded the owner of the poultry farm but since none of the workers was actually the owner, they kept quiet.

“However, one of them stood up and when the hoodlums asked him to identify himself, he said he is the younger brother to the owner of the farm. That was how they went away with him.

“While trying to escape, they shot at one driver in the neck. They riddled his vehicle, which he uses to carry blocks, with bullets.

“The thinking is that this same gang might have been responsible for this missing Mallam Isiaka Aileru.

“The police at Idowa, Odogbolu and even the Area Commander from Ijebu-Ode have all been here, but as we speak, we have not heard anything as touching a demand for ransom by these abductors.”

Meanwhile, reports have emerged about another incident involving a member of the Hausa community in the town, Isiaka Aileru, who reportedly went to his farm on Monday, but has not been seen since.

There are fears that he may have been abducted by the same gunmen.

The Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, confirmed the abduction of the poultry farm manager, saying that the police are deploying all their arsenal and intelligence to ensure that the victim regained freedom.

Alamutu said, “There was actually a kidnap, but only one person is involved and not two; if they are looking for another person, it may not be a kidnap.

“If the person has not returned home, they should give us another 24 hours before they will go and make an official complaint.”

 

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