Kidnappers demand N45m over abducted 3 farmers in Ilorin
By Oluseyi Dasilva, Ilorin
Three farm managers have been reportedly abducted by suspected kidnappers at their commercial poultry farms at Pampo community, Asa local government area of Kwara state.
An informed source revealed that the incident happened at about 4:00 pm on Monday when six heavily armed men stormed the agricultural farm community located on Eyenkorin Afon Ogele road in the local government area and went away with the victims of the abduction.
The source further stated that the suspected kidnappers, dressed in army uniform, shot into the air when they arrived in Hilux vehicle at one of the two farms.
They reportedly locked the chief security officer inside one room, before they abducted the two farm workers in the first poultry farm. The owner of the second farm, Mirola farm, said that the bandits also abducted his farm manager when they visited his farm on their way out of the community. He disclosed that the suspected kidnappers had contacted the farm owners, with a demand of N45 million for the three abductees, which said is N15 million ransom for each person.
The farm owner explained that by the way the bandits spoke, they sounded like Fulanis and that the kidnap victims are two males and a female. “On Monday at about 4:30pm six suspected kidnappers in Army uniform heavily armed with AK 47 rifles, abducted three farm managers in our farms.
“They took two farm managers and, on their way out of the first farm, they branched to my farm to take my own farm manager too, making three people kidnapped. Two males and one female”.
According to him, the matter had been reported to the police, adding that the suspected kidnappers were still around a location in Lasoju community, in the local government area of the state.
“We have been contacted by them. They demanded N15 million each for the kidnapped people, making a sum of N45million. We begged them to take N1million for the three people, explaining that we’re poor farmers. They said we should go and get good money before they release of our people”.
The police public relations officer PPRO of the state police command, Ajayi Okasanmi, who confirmed the incident, said that the state commissioner of police, Mohammed Bagega, had drafted officers and men of the command to work for the release of the victims. He assured that the kidnappers would soon be apprehended and the victims released to their families.