Odo-Owa: Incessant kidnapping at Kwara Community Worry Oba, Residents
By Alabidun Shuaib Abdulrahman
Residents of Odo-Owa community in Kwara State have lamented the incessant cases of kidnapping in their community.
They blamed the appalling state of roads leading to the community.
For them, going to and fro through their community roads does not come with assurance of safety.
Images and videos of the community roads obtained by INCNews247 further validated Odo-Owa folks’ claim.
The Oloota of Odo-Owa, Oba Joshua Oluwatoba Adeyemi Adimula, spoke with INCNews247 on the deplorable nature of Odo-Owa Orimope road along Egbere River Axis, and how it has been aiding kidnapping.
“The kidnapping incidents started this year. They first kidnapped two people on April 26th, 2021. Although there have been several robbery cases at the same spot. They abducted two persons. One is an indigene, while the other is from Moba Local Government, Orimope Ekiti to be precise.
“And of recent, last month (May) they kidnapped one Prophet Afolayan at the axis. The Prophet hails from Omunaran. He only plied the road for a missionary outreach when he was kidnapped.
“They kidnapped another two persons about three weeks ago, again. One escaped with gun wound. The kidnappers shot him at the ankles. He is currently on admission at Federal Teaching Hospital Ido-Ekiti. They shattered his legs with gun,” Oba Adeyemi Adimula narrated.
When asked whether ransoms were paid for the victims, the royal father said, “They demanded for ransom from the first two kidnapped people. One (the indigene) paid two million naira, while the other from Moba was later rescued by one local hunter.”
The Oba disclosed that two suspected masterminds of the kidnappings have been arrested and are currently with the Police at the Police Headquarters in Ilorin.
His words: “One of the suspect is an indigene by name Popoola Bunmi. He is a Chief and even a kingmaker in the community. But he conspired with his friend, Ramon, who is a Fulani by tribe, but was born and raised in the community. His parents have been staying here for more than 50 years.
“In my capacity, I have ordered the clearance of bushes in the area that the kidnappers have been using as hideouts.
“I was involved, likewise the chiefs, youths of the community and all concerned dwellers.
“I personally spoke with the Deputy Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, about the deplorable nature of the road and he promised that something will be done in earnest.
“I have written the Governor too, we are looking forward to a positive reaction, sooner than later.”