Fufu Sellers Kidnapped, abductors demand N10m ransom

Kidnappers suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have abducted two traders selling fufu, a staple food made from cassava, on the Ayetoro-Olorunda road in Imala, Abeokuta-North Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Our correspondent gathered that the abductors had demanded the sum of N5million ransom each from the two victims before they could set them free.

Another source said the abductors had waylaid the traders on Saturday, at about 4:45 am in Iwofin, an area around Olorunda, kidnapping about five people including the driver of the vehicle, one Kamorudeen Olateju and the traders.

The driver was reportedly abducted alongside one Miss Saidat Adediran and three other passengers.

The incident was said to have been reported at the Imala police divisional headquarters by two relatives of the abductees, Abubakar Olateju of Emado quarters and Kehinde Adediran, residing at Obon Oselu, all in Ayetoro.

A source said that the gunmen accosted the driver, who is also known as Charger, and whisked him away with the passengers he was conveying from Ayetoro in Yewa North LGA to Abeokuta, the state capital.

Explaining further, the source said the two fufu traders produced the goods in wholesale and supply retailers at the market every market days.

According to the source, the kidnappers took advantage of the failed portion on the road. They emerged from the bush and took the two traders away into the bush as their commercial vehicle slowed down to navigate the failed portion.

The source said the abductors had already reached out to the families of the victims in Ayetoro and demanded N5m random each as a condition for their release.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Sunday, confirmed the incident but said only two people were abducted.

Oyeyemi said the officers of the command had arrested one of the kidnappers.

When asked if the abductors were Fulani herdsmen, Oyeyemi said the suspect in the police custody “is a Fulani man.”

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