BREAKING: Gunmen Abduct FCE Provost, Wife, Driver

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BREAKING: Gunmen Abduct FCE Provost, Wife, Driver

Suspected kidnappers on Tuesday abducted the former Provost of Federal College of Education (FCE), Osiele, Abeokuta, Dr Ayodele Àjayi, his wife and driver.

It was gathered that the incident happened at about 7.17pm at Ikija village, Olodo area on the Abeokuta-Ibadan road in Odeda Local Government of Ogun state.

It further learnt that Mrs. Àjayi was later released by the kidnappers while they went away with the former provost and his driver.

A source informed that the activities of the hoodlums kept on increasing on a daily basis around the area, saying no fewer than five persons had been kidnapped in the last week.

The source explained that the gunmen came out of the bush and launched an attack on their victims.

“Just yesterday, the gunmen abducted five persons, but two out of them were later released.

“Also, last month, three people were killed. Among those who were killed was a popular businessman who operated a big farm along the axis.

“The Olu of Odeda in Odeda town, Oba David Olorunisola was almost kidnapped this week while his driver was shot and is still receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC).

“We need help, this is getting too much. Our people are no longer safe, we need the government’s intervention and security agencies to wake up to their responsibilities”, the source said.

We don’t know the identity of the victim yet – Police

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state police command, Omolola Odutola confirmed the incident to our correspondent, adding that the police and other security operatives are on the trail of the abductors.

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“We don’t know the identity of the man yet. We cannot say whether he was a former provost or not. But we can confirm that someone was kidnapped.

“We learnt that the victim and his wife were coming from a function. I think the wife of the man has a school and they were just returning from an event in the school when the gunmen struck.

“The gunmen took a lot of people initially, but they later released them and took the man, his wife and the driver.

“But police and other security operatives mounted pressure on the abductors which made them later release other people kidnapped, including the man’s wife, but the man and his driver were taken away.

“The police have recovered the vehicle of the man which was later abandoned by the abductors. We are on the trail of the abductors”, Odutola said.

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