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Gunmen kidnap oil-coy chief

By Dayo Johnson
FIVE gun totting kidnappers on Thursday stormed the Ore/Irele Oil Palm Company in Ondo state and took away its Managing Director Mr Richard Awofisayo.

Saturday Vanguard gathered that the kidnappers who were armed  invaded the company situated along Irele road in a Nissan vehicle and whisked away Awofisayo.

Police authorities in the state said yesterday that efforts are on to ensure his release from the kidnappers. But a family source said that the kidnappers have contacted Awofisayo ‘s family and a particular amount has been demanded as ransom before his release.

The latest kidnap in the state is coming barely a month after two women were kidnapped and released four days after.
One of the kidnapped women is Iyabo, the wife of the state Lands Commissioner Alhaji Sikiru Basaru  while the other  is Sola,wife of DR Alli, a Permanent Secretary in the state.

It was reliably learnt that the kidnappers on arrival at the company premises shot sporadically to scare away the workers after which they  marched to the office of Awofisayo and picked him up.

The where- about of Awofisayo as at the time of filling in this report is still unknown even to his family and the police. Speaking on the development, the Ore Division Police Officer Mr. Abu Olanipekun said that they are still searching for the victim.

Olanipekun pointed out that necessary security measures have been put in place to track down the kidnappers and ensure the release and safety of  the victim.

According to him “We have made necessary arrangements to ensure that the kidnappers are exposed and brought to book. We have sent signals to all the states commands in the country and I want to assure you that our efforts will not be in vain”

.The police it was also learnt has not been able to contact his abductors but the kidnappers Saturday Vanguard learnt have contacted the family of Awofisayo to discuss the amount of ransom to be paid.

The family it was learnt has started mobilizing to ensure the release of their  bread winner.


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