Alabaa’s trouble: Don’t burn his palace, he helped us, we gave him N5m not N10m – Family of Ogbomoso kidnap victim clarifies
Alabaa in trouble: Don’t burn his palace, he helped us, we gave him N5m not N10m – Family of Ogbomoso kidnap victim clarifies
Alabaa of Abaa in Ogbomoso, Oba John Bolarinwa Ayanpoju, is currently in the eye of the storm.
It is recalled that two persons were recently abducted in Abaa, the owner of Tana Suites located in the community, Gbenga Owolabi, and a worker in the hotel, Rachael Opadele (a final year LAUTECH student), both who were subsequently killed along with the motorcyclist who conveyed the N5m ransom money.
The traditional ruler is being blamed by residents for the death of the victims on the ground that he took N10m from the family of Gbenga Owolabi, pocketed N5m and caused only N5m to be given to the kidnappers, which was believed infuriated the latter and that it provoked the heartless murder of the victims.
The Alabaa was attacked on the day the news of the death of the victims broke. And since then he has been a marked man.
However, the family of late Mr Gbenga Owolabi, has debunked the rumour emphasizing that they approached Alabaa when the matter broke and that the monarch helped them a lot.
Mr. Ayo Owolabi elder brother of the deceased hotelier who arranged the ransom money told ogbomosoinsightonline.com that Alabaa had no shady deal in the affair.
He said, “The kidnappers called me on phone many times in the presence of Alabaa because l was always in his residence.
”When we got the N5m ransom I took it to him to help in getting the person that would take the money to the kidnappers. He got us the motorcyclist.
“We contacted the person that took the ransom money for Akala Farms’ supervisor earlier kidnapped but the person declined saying they might recognize him.
“So, the first person that volunteered to convey the money demanded N500, 000, the second person said N300, 000, before the person that volunteered did so out of pity in view of what we had gone through.
“He however required that certain traditional rites be made which we obliged him. So, Alabaa did not take N10m, we gave N5m agreed to by the kidnappers to the person directly.
“We were holding prayer vigil in the palace of Alabaa after the team left to deal with the criminals. Alabaa helped us he did nothing wrong, he didn’t collect N10m. He didn’t deserve such treatment. He was saying my brother invested on his land and that’s why he was assisting us.”
Meanwhile, effort to reach Alabaa for his reaction was not successful as calls made to his mobile line were unanswered.