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General News of Tuesday, 14 December 2021


Osun farmer released in Ekiti forest, abductors collect cash, cigarettes, drinks

London Omoru, a farmer abducted from a farm settlement in the Agric area of Esa Oke, Osun State, has reportedly regained his freedom.

It was learnt that Omoru, who was kidnapped allegedly by herdsmen alongside his wife, Blessing, on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, was released last Friday in Aramoko, Ekiti State.

The kidnappers had contacted the victims’ family and demanded N37m in ransom.

A highly placed security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity on Monday, told our correspondent that an undisclosed amount was paid as ransom before Omoru was released.

It was further learnt that the abductors collected packs of cigarettes and drinks before the victim was released in Aramoko, while a security team comprising the police and local hunters later went into the forest and evacuated him.

It will be recalled that the wife of the farmer had earlier been rescued at Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State, after a security team on search and rescue mission put pressure on the abductors.

A security source stated, “But before the husband was released, ransom was paid. I don’t know the amount paid. The man was released in Aramoko in Ekiti State last Friday.

“When information reached the team undertaking the search and rescue that the victim had been released, a group that had policemen and local hunters was dispatched to the forest and the man was evacuated. Apart from the money that was paid, the abductors also collected packs of cigarettes and some packs of drinks.”

When contacted, the spokesperson for the Osun State Police Command, Yemisi Opalola, said the victim “has been rescued by the police and other security men, who put pressure on the abductors.”

Asked if ransom was paid before Omoru was released, Opalola said she had not been given further briefs about the incident.