Kidnappers strike again in Ogbomoso, snatch Togolese man, subdue rescue team
After a lull of almost two months dare-devil kidnappers have struck again in Ogbomoso area as a Togolese man identified simply as Alhaji Yisa Agric was Monday night abducted at his house at Agric area, across the express, in Gbede, Surulere local government area of Oyo state.
This is just as youths in the community who rallied for rescue operation were repelled by the kidnappers who reportedly wielded AK-47 rifles.
According to investigations by ogbomosoinsightonline.com the gunmen suspected to be herdsmen stormed the community at about 10pm and made straight for the victim’s residence.
The victim said to be a security man at a popular farm in Ogbomoso, is said to be in his seventies.
“He was popularly called by everyone as Alhaji Yisa Agric,” said an eyewitness.
“The gunmen invaded the community at about 10pm. They were suspected to be herdsmen.
“They didn’t kill but later injured one young man who was in a team that mobilized for rescue operation.
“The wounded was on a motorcycle along with two other persons. When they got to a point they stopped to wait for the others coming in a ragged pickup van.
“The guy that was later wounded was making a call trying to hurry the others up unknown to him the suspects were nearby with the victim; one of them stealthily came upon him and hit him on the head with a plank. He passed out and his two colleagues precipitately fled.
“In fact one of the criminals suggested they should kill him but they stopped short. By that time the other members of the rescue team appeared in their pickup van.
“But at the sight of AK-47, they also beat a hasty retreat.”
Alhaji Yisa is said to have lived in the community for over fifty years, “He got married here, and had all his children in the community. He already built his house there also. He came to his children that night when he was abducted.”
Meanwhile his abductors were said to have demanded a ransom of N10m to effect his release.
When contacted Baale Gbede, Chief Subaru Akano Nurudeen, confirmed the report.
Chief Nurudeen affirmed it happened on Monday. “But the man is still in captivity even though security agents have been searching for the criminals.”
It would be recalled that in July and August four persons were kidnapped in Surulere local government area in three separate operations with the last victims – a hotelier, Gbenga Owolabi, and Racheal Opadele, a staffer at the hotel in Abaa, along Ilorin road, and who was a student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, were killed along with an okada operator, Idowu Ajagbe, who assisted in conveying the bearer of the ransom (N5m).
The other two incidents involved a supervisor at the late Governor Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala farm at Jabata, Christopher Bakare, and a private hospital owner at Gbede, Rasheed Oladoye. The two secured their release after alleged payments of N5m and N3m respectively.
Residents of Ogbomoso responded with a rally tagged “March against terrorism,” attended by many on August 8.
Subsequently, forests in Surulere local government area were flooded by security agents looking for suspected bandits following which some arrests were made.
But the resurgence of the kidnappers only means the root might be deeper than thought and the criminal ring more extensive than envisaged.