Suspected herdsmen kidnap woman and her stepson in Ondo State: demand N10million ransom

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A woman identified as Olawumi Adeleye and her stepson, Destiny Paul were allegedly abducted on Airport Road, in Osi town in the Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.  

The victims were said to have been kidnapped by the bandits described as ‘herdsmen’ on their way from the church on Sunday evening.  

According to a report by Punch, the herdsmen blocked the road with cows forcing the victims, who were in a Lexus car to stop. They were thereafter abducted and taken to an unknown destination by the bandits.

The report said, “Mrs Adeleye was coming from the church with her boy, suddenly the Fulani herdsmen put scores of their cows on the road. As the woman was trying to make a U-turn, to escape from the scene, they attacked her and damaged her car and later took her away with the boy.” 

However, a family source stated that after some hours, the kidnappers contacted the husband of the woman and demanded N10million ransom.  

The Police Public Relations Officer of the State, Femi Joseph, said the men of the command had begun to trail the hoodlums.  “We have already swung into action, and we will soon get the victims free, unhurt. We have also started an investigation into the incident”.  

In a reaction, the monarch of Osi town, Oba David Olajide who confirmed the incident alleged that the two victims were abducted by suspected Fulani herdsmen on their way from the church.  Oba Olajide said, “It happened very close to the Akure Airport, they were kidnapped around 5:20pm yesterday (Sunday evening).”

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