By Gbenga Olarinoye
Five days after the Ilesa-based 80-year-old industrialist, Chief (Mrs.) Yinka Obaleye, was kidnapped in front of her company along Ijebu-Jesa road, Ilesa, the family is yet to establish contact with her abductors.
The victim’s age and state of health are a matter of concern to the family.
The fear was heightened by the abduction of another prominent Ilesa business man, Idowu Obembe, who was kidnapped two years ago only for his decomposed body to be found a year later after a huge ransom had been paid to his abductors.
The Owa Obokun of Ijesha land, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, has directed that prayer be raised by Christians, Muslims and traditional religious worshippers groups for the release of the victim.
The monarch, who raised the alarm over the increasing crime rate in Osun State and Ilesa, said the situation could ruin the economy of the state.
Speaking with newsmen in his palace in Ilesa, Aromolaran condemned the rate at which crime is being perpetrated in the state.
Describing the abduction of Obaleye as unfortunate, he stressed that the abduction was a bad omen for the state.
According to him, the victim was diabetic and also suffering from malaria at the time of her abduction around 7.00pm last Wednesday.