BY BY LEKE ADESERI, S-WEST EDITOR & OLA AJAYI
IBADAN- Titilayo, wife of former governor of Western State, Brigadier General Oluwole Rotimi, (rtd), was Monday abducted by some unknown gunmen. Brigadier Oluwole Rotimi was made Nigerian Ambassador to the United States in 2007.
According to information gathered, the kidnappers numbering four abducted her on Monday evening when she was about entering her company, AOK Logistics Ltd. It was further gathered that the wife of the ex-miltary leader was whisked away in a green Nissan Primera car.
Confirming the incident, the Oyo State Acting Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ayodele Lanade said” Titilayo was kidnapped on Monday at about 6.30pm and I can tell you that our men are currently on the trail of the criminals.”
The incident which happened within the jurisdiction of Egbeda Police Station was transferred to the state Criminal Investigation Department at Iyaganku, Ibadan.
According to a source, the police may be working on a possible labour dispute lead going by the way the woman was kidnapped within the premises of her company. Her driver was said to be helpless as her boss was taken away from him.
The PPRO said, “the incident was different from other cases of kidnapping in some parts of the country because in this case, we found out that there was a rift between the woman and her workers because of wages and there was a kind of agitation from the aggrieved workers.
The workers were said to have earlier demanded for their unpaid three months salary which according to him, led to the retrenchment of some of them.
“So, it seems there is a foul play in this case. It is not in anyway related to other kidnapping cases,” he said.
Christopher Oluwole Rotimi was a Nigerian Army officer, diplomat and politician. A distinguished officer, he eventually rose to the rank of Brigadier General.
He served during the Biafran War and was the Governor of Western State while Nigeria was under military rule from 1971 – 1975.
Oluwole Rotimi then became the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States in 2007
He was born February 20, 1935 in Abeokuta, Nigeria to a Yoruba family. He attended Agooko Methodist School, Lisabi School, Olowogbowo Methodist School as well as Kings College Lagos. After which he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University College Ibadan.
Oluwole Joined the Nigerian Army in 1960 and served as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He rose to become the first African Deputy Quartermaster General and the third non-white Quartermaster General of the Nigerian Army in 1966. During the Biafran War Oluwole Rotimi provided logistics support for the Federal Government’s war efforts. He became the commander of the Ibadan Garrison between 1969 and 1970.
In 1975, Oluwole Rotimi was removed from office as governor of Western Nigeria after the 1975 coup d’état.
The following administration led by General Murtala Mohammed, commissioned a panel to investigate corruption amongst the governors of past administration. Oluwole Rotimi, together with Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson, (Lagos State Governor) were the only governors exonerated under Obasanjo’s military regime.
In 1999 Gen. Oluwole Rotimi was appointed by civilian President Olusegun Obasanjo as the Head of a Commission of Inquiry for the Investigation of Federal Government Landed Property. Oluwole Rotimi was honoured with a National Award of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) in 2003.
In 2005, he was appointed a member of the National Constitutional Review Conference representing his home state-Ogun State. He later became the Ambassador to the United States of America in March 2008. He was however sacked from the post in March 2009 by late President, Umaru Yar’Adua after allegations of insubordination.