How a Farm manager, Girlfriend, two others were Kidnapped and one Killed during Rescue Operation in Oyo
A farm manager alongside his girlfriend and two other workers, were kidnapped at a farm settlement in Iseyin, Iseyin Local Government Area of Oyo State.
It would be recalled that similar incidents happened in July and August 2022 respectively in the Ogbomoso and Oyo areas where farmers and the Bishop of Anglican Diocese, Jebba, Kwara, Rt. Rev. Aderogba alongside his wife and driver were kidnapped before an undisclosed amount of money was paid for their release.
Chairman of the Farm Settlement Association, Mr Rasheed Adepoju, who confirmed this to Vanguard, yesterday, said the incident happened Saturday around 10:30 am.
Adepoju said the manager was on the poultry farm to inspect the level of work being done when the abductors dressed in army camouflage with sophisticated weapons invaded the farm situated within the settlement and abducted them.
According to him, “It happened opposite the farm settlement. There is a big poultry farm there. So the manager came there to inspect the work. He came along with his girlfriend and two other workers. Probably they have been trailing them. They jumped on them around 10:30 am and started shooting sporadically. People started running helter-skelter and they took them into his car and drove them out.
“Probably, they don’t know the route or because of the downpour that damaged the road, they abandoned the car of the man there and took him and others into the bush.
“So, we contacted the Police, Amotekun and some other vigilante group from the area but they couldn’t do more maybe because of the rain.”
The chairman said the security operatives however invaded the forests on Sunday morning to rescue the abductees.
In an attempt to rescue them, one of the victims kidnapped at the farm settlement was reportedly killed during a gun battle between security operatives and kidnappers
Young Adeyemi Michael, who was buried yesterday in his hometown, Ile Ogbo, Iwo town, Osun State, worked in one of the poultry farms in the settlement.
The killing of Adeyemi put a temporary stoppage to the rescue operation as Vanguard reliably learnt that the rescue team had to abandon the effort in order not to cause any more death of the remaining victims.
A source, who was among the search party and sought anonymity, said: “We had to turn back immediately we realised that the kidnappers might result to killing others out of frustration.”
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Meanwhile, the kidnappers have been reported to have increased the ransom on the three remaining victims to N40 million from N20 million earlier requested on Sunday evening.
It was gathered that the increase, according to the leader of the syndicate, who spoke with the owner of the poultry farm on the telephone, was a result of how the security forces decided to make the operation tough for them in the forest.
“They didn’t expect that there would be such a frantic chase and search operation by the security, he told the farm owner on the phone that he increased the money because of the tough times the security has given the kidnappers,” the source disclosed.
Source: Vanguard .