- The Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, says he does not have the money being requested by kidnappers of his twin children
- The mother of the kids is said to have been hospitalised since she received the news of the kidnap with doctors battling to save her life
- Oyo police command says it is doing everything possible to rescue the kidnapped children unhurt and arrest the culprits
The Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, has pleaded with the kidnappers of his twin children to release them.
He made the plea while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, April 14, in Ibadan.
He appealed to the kidnappers to bear with him as he does not have the money being requested.
The kidnappers initially demanded N100 million ransom and later reduced it to N40 million.
Oba Balogun said he was able to offer them N5 million which was rejected.
“The kidnappers should please bear with me and return my kids, I am ready to do anything that will make them happy.
“I don’t want to endanger the life of my kids and I am not out to fight them because there is no reason for that,’’ Balogun said.
NAN reports that gunmen on Thursday, April 12, kidnapped the five-year-old twins of Balogun from his Akobo residence in Ibadan.
The mother of the kids was said to have been hospitalised since she received the news of the kidnap with doctors battling to save her life.
The Oyo police public relations officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said the Oyo state police command was doing everything possible to rescue the kidnapped children unhurt and arrest the culprits.
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“The commissioner of police, Abiodun Odude, has consequently directed the command’s anti-kidnapping squad and other special outfits to organise a manhunt for the suspects and rescue the victims safely.
“We assure the parents and the public that we will succeed in this task,“ Ajisebutu said.
The bandits had stormed the community on April 5, killing 17 people and raiding five banks in the process. Eight police officers at Owode Division, Offa, were also killed in the attack, and the robbers made away with police arms and ammunition.
The police arrested seven suspects within the first two days of the attack, and made more arrests on later dates.
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