JUST IN: Kidnappers demand N30m ransom for release of Ogbomoso ‘doctor,’ traditional ruler speaks
Ayoola TAIWO & Oluwole AREO
Terrorists who kidnapped a “doctor” in Gbede in Surulere local government area of Ogbomoso zone, Oyo state have finally demanded a ransom of N30m for his release.
The ‘doctor’ identified as Abdulrasheed, a quack, who owns and operates a private hospital, Titilope Clinic and Maternity Centre, was abducted Friday night in the clinic, by men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
It came two days after a supervisor at TDB Farms founded by a former Oyo state governor, late Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala regained freedom.
The supervisor, Christopher Bakare, was released after the payment of N5m ransom to the kidnappers. His abductors initially demanded N100m.
Immediately the news broke on Friday night, security agents and representatives of the state government and the chairman of Surulere local government, Hon Isaiah Adegbite, swung into action to track the suspects but to no avail.
However, ogbomosoinsightonline.com learnt Monday that the kidnappers had contacted the family to demand a N30m ransom to set their captive free.
Confirming the report, the traditional ruler of the town, Chief Subaru Akano Nurudeen, who spoke in Yoruba, said the kidnappers contacted him personally this morning to state their demand.
“This morning, my phone rang and when I picked it, it was “Dr” Abdulrasheed’s voice l heard.
“Then, the kidnappers said they would take N30m as ransom to effect his release.”
Asked what they had done in that respect the Baale disclosed there was no way they could raise such amount of money however adding that the council chairman and some other authorities had been informed.
Recalling, Chief Nurudeen who said he was in the town when the terrorists struck, revealed the marauders started shooting the moment they invaded the town.
Continuing he stated, “In fact, we initially thought they were armed robbers because we have been at the mercy of armed robbers in this town. They often operate on the highways.
“It was later we realized they were kidnappers after the doctor was forcefully whisked away.”
He added the youths rose to confront them at first “but the criminals wielded AK-47 guns and the boys had to retreat and everybody ran for cover. They shot over 40 rounds of ammunition.
“Eye witnesses told me they were about nine in number, and about six of them were fully armed.”
He lamented that the residents of the community who are mostly farmers are now scared of “going to their farms, to the markets or venture out of their homes. Fear has now gripped everybody.”
There was a rumour on Saturday that ‘Dr’ Abdulrasheed had escaped from the den of the kidnappers, prompting a frantic search by a team led by the Surulere council boss, Adegbite, and security agents, which took them to University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, where the victim was said to have been sighted and receiving treatment, but he was not found, the demand for ransom for his release and his voice being heard on phone has now put paid to the hope of his escape.