Insecurity

Armed Men Abduct Gold Miners In Osun, Demand N100m Ransom

Rita Enemuru, Reporting

Some yet-to-be identified gunmen have kidnapped a gold miner and his driver along Ilesa-Osogbo road, demanding, thereafter, N100m for their release.

It was gathered that the kidnap victims, Musibau Adepoju and his driver (name unknown), were kidnapped on Friday, July 30, 2022.

A source disclosed that Adepoju, who mines in communities around Ilesa, and based in Osogbo alongside his family members, was said to be on his way home when he was ambushed and kidnapped by the gunmen.

It was also gathered that the driver was conveying his principal in an excavator caterpillar to Osogbo from Ilesa when the incident happened.

A source also disclosed that the kidnappers had contacted the family of Adepoju and had demanded the N100 million before he could be released.

“Alhaji didn’t return home on Friday and this kept us worried. We waited till Friday night, but didn’t hear from him. We called his phone number repeatedly but he wasn’t picking his calls.

“It was on Saturday morning that we got a call from one of the kidnappers who asked us to bring the N100 million as a ransom for his release.

“We became more worried because we don’t have that money. We have been praying ever since for his unconditional release,” a source said.

The incident was said to have been reported at the state police command.

The Public Relations Officer of the police in the state, Mrs. Yemisi Opalola, has not responded to the incident.

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