Anxiety As Ijebu Ode Businesswoman Marks Day 4 In Kidnappers' Den - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, May 15, 2022

Anxiety As Ijebu Ode Businesswoman Marks Day 4 In Kidnappers' Den


The Daily Crucible | May15, 2022

By Qudus Adeaga, Ijebu - Ode

Anxiety persists in Ijebu Ode, the headquarters of Ijebu Ode Local government Area of Ogun State as a businesswoman, Alhaja Afolashade Kuku Ajetumobi, who was abducted by persons suspected to be kidnappers is yet to regain freedom from her abductors.

The businesswoman who in recent years had adopted a low profile life to stay safe from suspected kidnappers that seemed to have turned Ijebu - Ode to their playground, was not lucky with her strategy. She was ambushed on Thursday by gun-wielding kidnappers and abducted on her way home after a business day.

The Daily Crucible gathered that the gunmen struck around Awokoya area of the town and took her to a yet - to - be determined destination.

The attackers intercepted the woman as she was driving home in a Toyota Sienna bus and forced her out of the vehicle.

The police in Ijebu - Ode are working to keep life and property safe but the incessant activities of kidnappers in recent months in Ijebu-Ode is a source of concern to the people.

The latest incident lengthens the litany of residents who were kidnapped by hoodlums operating in Ijebu-Ode and its environs with many said to have paid huge money in ransom before they could regain their freedom.

 Alhaja Afolashade Kuku Ajetumobi according to a resident sells food items at the popular Oke-Aje market in Ijebu Ode, while her husband, a Muslim cleric and businessman is based in the United States of America.

A family member of the kidnapped victim, had taken to facebook announce the abduction on Thursday, “Late last night, I got a call from my cousin breaking the news of a kidnapped family member while returning home from her store around 7pm at the center of the town, she was with her 8 year old son and house help in the car when the incident happened. Her car was riddled with bullets as she was whisked away leaving behind the son and house help," the family member stated.

The Bonojo- Awokoya axis where Folasade was abducted happened to be the same area where a man was reportedly kidnapped last month and a ransom of N15m Naira was paid before he could be free by his abductors. 

The gunmen, it was learnt, whisked him to a far - flung forest in Ogun Waterside area up to the border of Ondo State. And the ransom for his release was collected somewhere around Ore in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo, according to sources.

About six weeks ago, fear - striken residents of Ijebu Ode had raised the alarm over what they reckoned as never ebbing threats to their lives, peace and businesses by suspected kidnappers.

They were compelled by their precarious situation to send a save-our-soul message to governor Dapo Abiodun, the paramount ruler and Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, other well-meaning people of Ijebuland and the Ogun State Police Command to help return the town to its old glory of a peaceful and safe community where socioeconomic activities thrive.

The residents claimed that criminals had lay siege on the ancient town even as they also lamented that they could hardly sleep again with their two eyes closed because of the alleged "brazen activities" of suspected kidnappers.

They claimed that over 25 people from different socioeconomic backgrounds had been kidnapped so far in Ijebu-Ode, with huge sums of money running to several millions of naira paid as ransom to the abductors.

They recalled that some of the kidnapped victims in Ijebu Ode in the last few years are, (1)Alhaji Araba Aranse, a building materials merchant; (2)Tunde Cool Penny, another building material merchant; (3)Dr Adegoke, owner of POGIL school of health technology; (4)Mrs Tokunbo Oshin, wife of former Deputy Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly;(5) Mr Segun Oyebolu, CEO Citi Hotels Ijebu Ode; (6)Mrs Olaitan Daodu, owner of Dallat Stores Ijebu Ode; (7)Mrs Adegoke, wife of Dr Adegoke, founder of Pogil School of Health Technology and Mrs (8)Bolanle Latifat Abimbola, A senior lecturer at Tai Solarin University of Education Ijebu Ode.

It was gathered that(9) Otunba Yomi Smith, Owner of Rolaks Hotels, was kidnapped, ransom collected and never found till date.

Other victims are,(10) Alhaji Abdulgafar Ojo, a tricycle seller on Bonojo road, Ijebu Ode; (11)Iyalode Laide Sofiat Haruna, a sawmiller;  (12)Mrs Azeezat Balogun-Rabiu, daughter of Mrs balogun, Thermocool products merchant; (13)Mr Gbenro, haulage merchant and (14)Alhaja Mojisola Salam, a businesswoman. (15&16)Mr Muyiwa and wife, CEOs, Multilinks business venture and plumbing materials merchant were kidnapped separately within Ijebu Ode.

(17)Mrs Adetutu Alatishe, wife of Ade Alatishe, a PDP Chieftain and car dealer in Imowo area of Ijebu Ode is also a kidnap victim while One Iya Miliki, a cement distributor at Imepe, reportedly escaped the assailant, but her (18)pregnant daughter in-law was not lucky. She was kidnapped.

According to them, kidnap attempts were made in the past on Mr Biodun Kazeem, CEO Fastlink Phones and Gadgets; Mr Kazeem Sansa, CEO Choice Phones; Alhaji Imam Atoyegbe, cement merchant ; Azeez Snasa, Manager, LG Stores Ibadan Road, Ijebu Ode and Alhaji Anifowoshe, building materials merchant. 

 Although, some suspected kidnappers were arrested by the local vigilantes in Ijebu Ode months ago and handed over to the Area Command of the Nigerian Police and the suspects were subsequently transferred to the State Police Command in Eleweran, Abeokuta.

Also, this news medium reports that the Divisional Police in Ilese area of Ijebu North East local government, had some weeks ago arrested four occupants of a Toyota Camry car one early morning. On suspicion, the occupants of the car were later found out to be suspected kidnappers and were thereafter transferred to Eleweeran.

One of the suspects whose name was given as Dada claimed to be a Police Inspector from SWART office, Adeniji Adele, Lagos but reside at Onirugba area of Ijebu Ode. Two of the arrested suspects also claimed Onirugba as place of residence while the 4th suspect gave Bonojo area of Ijebu Ode as residential address.

As at the time of arrest of arrest, one AK 47 rifle loaded with 21 live ammunition, four empty AK 47 magazines concealed in a black polythene bag, a cutlass, one live AK 47 found in Glove box of the car, a Jack knife, Tramadol drug, two Police fez caps with inscription SWART, a life barrel cartridge, SWART uniforms and five different charms pot were found with them.

The police spokesperson in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) had at the time, assured residents of Ijebu and the state of adequate security, disclosing a number of the suspected kidnappers had been arrested and already standing trial in court.

"Those who gave you catalogue of people who have been kidnapped over the years, did they also give you the catalogue of how many of the suspected kidnappers that we have  arrested in that Ijebu axis and facing prosecution? Those people who gave you the catalogue supposed to tell you how many kidnappers that were arrested in that axis as well. 

"As I speak, a number of them have been arrested and have confessed on their involvement in the numbers of victims they have kidnapped. Many of them are undergoing prosecution in court as we speak. With the special squad we have on ground now, residents and business are safe. We have our tactical team on ground not only in Ijebu axis but also in every part of the state to secure lives and properties," Oyeyemi had said 6 weeks ago.

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