Gunmen Kidnap Alao-Akala’s Farm Manager, Demands N100m Ransom

Gunmen Kidnap Alao-Akala’s Farm Manager, Demands N100m Ransom

Gunmen Kidnap Alao-Akala’s Farm Manager, Demands N100m Ransom

Gunmen Kidnap Alao-Akala’s Farm Manager, Demands N100m Ransom

Christopher Bakare, the manager of a farm owned by the late former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State, has been kidnapped by masked assailants.

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Bakare was reportedly kidnapped on Saturday night at around 7 o’clock by thugs who were thought to be Fulani herdsmen.

On the farm known as TDB farms, which is situated at the Jabata community in Surulere Local Government Area of Oyo State, the farm supervisor—a native of Gbongan in Ayedaade Local Government Area of Osun State—was reportedly kidnapped.

A source close to the farm told journalists on Tuesday that the kidnappers had since contacted the family and demanded that a N100m ransom be paid to secure the release of their captive.

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The source said the incident had been reported to the police and the police told them that they were working to ensure his release.

Gunmen Kidnap Alao-Akala’s Farm Manager, Demands N100m Ransom

He said, “The matter was reported to the police and we have been trying to negotiate with them even though the police had been informed.

“We informed the Police Area Command in Ogbomoso about the incident and we hope he will be freed soon.”

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The Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, Adewale Osifeso, confirmed the incident when contacted by our correspondent.

The PPRO said, “The incident is under investigation and close monitoring. Updates would be provided accordingly.”

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Recall that some youths in Ogbomoso on the platform ofOgbomoso Community Youth Forum led by the President, Rev’d Peter Olaleye and Secretary, Idowu Adeniji, recently in a communique lamented the worsening insecurity in the town and called on Governor Seyi Makinde to ensure that security in the area was beefed up.

The communique read, “Farmers and people generally cannot venture out into their farms again due to fear of falling victims to these ruthless bandits.

Gunmen Kidnap Alao-Akala’s Farm Manager, Demands N100m Ransom

“Herdsmen’s brutalities have now become the order of the day in areas like Federal Housing Estate, Aroje, Ogbegun, Igbo’le, LAUTECH extension, Iya-Oje, Ikoyi, and Oriire Local Government Area in general.

“Our people can’t take laws into their hands as law-abiding citizens but the limitation imposed on government’s security agents is worrisome.

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“The Amotekun corps, an initiative of South West states to improve the security architecture is also impeded by its operatives’ inability to bear arms. Where therefore do we go from here?

“The marauders seem to have succeeded in keeping people away from their farms; they are now turning to keep us from worship centers.”

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