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Kidnapped Ogun community leader regains freedom


A community leader in Imope land, Ijebu-Igbo, in the Ijebu-North Local Government Area of Ogun State, Chief Tajudeen Omotayo, who was kidnapped on Saturday, has regained his freedom.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said Omotayo was released on Tuesday.

Oyeyemi said the kidnappers released the victim at 8.30pm in Ijebu-Igbo after he spent four days in their den.

Our correspondent, however, learnt that the kidnappers, who demanded N100m ransom, collected N5m before they released the community leader.

Oyeyemi said the command was not aware of the payment.

“The command will never be part of the arrangement because it is dangerous; it will give a signal that kidnapping is lucrative.

“This is not the end of this matter; we are going after the kidnappers to ensure we arrest them and make them scapegoats for others,” he added.

The community leader was said to be receiving treatment in a hospital.

Omotayo was kidnapped in his vehicle while coming from Ijebu-Ode to his base in Ijebu-Igbo. 

ovu: Thursday, 25 March 2021 at 3/25/2021 09:55:00 am


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