Gunmen suspected to be of Fulani extract stormed Agbo Hotel at Ajaawa community, Ogo Oluwa Local Government Area of Oyo State on Saturday, April 24, 2021, and kidnapped its owner, Honourable Olukunle Oyedokun, his younger wife with the child she is nursing, two daughters, granddaughter, sister-in-law, her son and a guest at the hotel.
The family members were identified as his wife, Busayo Oyedokun, and the baby she’s nursing; Oyedokun’s first child, Omoriyeba, and her six-year-old daughter, Adesewa; his brother’s wife, Julianah Oyedokun, and her 10-year-old son, John; and another child belonging to Oyedokun, Oluwajuwonlo; in addition to the guest.
We learnt that the abductors invaded the hotel behind CAC Primary School, Lagbedu Road at about 10p.m.
The gunmen reportedly fired shots into the air sporadically, after which they seized the seven victims and took them to an unknown destination through the bush.
Two of those in the hotel when the kidnappers struck fortunately escaped being abducted.
A family source told Reporters that the hotelier was preparing for his father’s burial this Friday before the abductors’ invasion of the hotel.
His family members, including his married daughters, some of their children, brother’s wife were and children, as well as others were said to be in town for the burial ceremony.
Meanwhile, the kidnappers made calls through the victims’ phones to their family members on Sunday, April 25, demanding N15 million as ransom.
A family source who craved anonymity told News Men that negotiations with the abductors brought the demand to N2.5 million, which was still being looked for, in order to secure freedom for the victims.
There had been disquiet in the area where the kidnap took place, as the residents said that such had never occurred in their midst.
The road links Iwo and Ejigbo towns in Osun State.
A police patrol team, which was said to have raced to the scene on hearing about the gunshots, swiftly put together some police operatives, Amotekun Corps, local hunters and vigilante group members to comb through the bush, in order to rescue the victims and arrest their abductors.
Efforts to speak with the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Adewale Osifeso, proved abortive, as his mobile phone line was switched off.