Gunmen kidnap cleric, son, sibling, demand N100m ransom in Kwara

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By Mosunmola Ayobami, Ilorin

Gunmen struck at Oko- Olowo, a suburb of Ilorin, Kwara State in the early hours of Saturday and abducted three persons.

The victims are a young cleric, Alfa Sofiu Amolegbe, his son, Aliyu and his sibling, Fasasi.

It was gathered that the trio were attacked at their residence in Oko-Olowo along Ilorin- Jebba expressway after the suspected kidnappers removed the burglary of a window in the building.

An attempt by Fasasi to escape was met with stiff resistance from the kidnappers who reportedly shot and also matcheted him.

The father of the victims, Imam Amolegbe of Dada, Okelele area, Ilorin disclosed that the kidnappers abandoned Fasasi thinking he was dead. The victim is now recuperating at a private hospital in Ilorin.

Imam Amolegbe said the kidnappers have contacted the family demanding for N100 million ransom.

“The kidnappers have contacted us and they are asking for N100m ransom. We have begged them to accept N10 million from us, even though we don’t have the money.

“I am appealing to the state government and men of goodwill to assist us in getting my two sons and grandson out of the den of the kidnappers,” he said.

Since the news of the kidnapping broke out on Saturday, sympathisers have been thronging the ancestral home of the victims to commiserate with their father who is a popular cleric in the area.

Some of the cleric’s associates have also been holding special prayers that could aid the safe return of the victims.

When contacted, the spokesman of State Police Command, Okasanmi Ajayi confirmed the abduction, adding that two suspects have been arrested in connection with the matter.

“The Command is already investigating the matter. Effort is also at an advanced stage to get the victims rescued. Meanwhile, two suspects already arrested, please,” he said.

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