Authorities of the Oyo State Police Command have confirmed the abduction of a 24-year-old poultry farmer, Ayodeji Emmanue by unknown gunmen who invaded Oke Odan, Olomo area of Apete Community in Ibadan.
The victim whose father owns the farm was kidnapped about 5pm while working on the farm with other workers.
It was leant that the abductors came to the farm with guns, and started shooting, to instil fear in the workers and others in the farm premises.
The Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Gbenga Fadeyi confirmed the incident adding that the Divisional Police Officers in Apete led Police patrol teams to the scene along with some local hunters and vigilantes to comb the near bushes with a view of arresting the hoodlums.
The command added the efforts is equally aimed at ensure the release of the victim.
The Commissioner of Police assured the good people of Oyo State of the Police’s preparedness at all times to confront the hoodlums who are bent on wrecking havoc in the State, while soliciting the unflinching supports of the general public not to allow criminal elements have a place to hibernate among them.
Meanwhile, the Gunmen have demanded a sum of N100 million as ransom from the family for the farm owner’s son, who was kidnapped, to regain his freedom.
The kidnappers used the victim’s phone to call his father at about 10 :00 pm to demand for the N100 million as ransom.
Since the call on Monday night, they are yet to call back, according to informed sources in the community.
It was learnt that many landlords, residents, vigilante group members and security guards kept vigil at the scene of the incident.
It was also gathered that it took the intervention of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Apete division to calm frayed nerves of the residents, as they were poised for a fight between the two ethnic groups, saying they were not going to allow such a thing to happen in their vicinity again.