Kidnapped Ondo NURTW Secretary, LG Staff Released
After four days in the den of their abductors, the kidnapped Secretary of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Kayode Agbeyangi and the two staff of Ondo state Local government, Marcus Akinduko and, Gabriel Ajayi have regained their freedom.
A reliable source told Bounce News in Akure the victims were released on Wednesday after an undisclosed amount was said to have been paid as ransom.
In less than 24 hours over the last weekend, Ondo state witnessed the abduction of three prominent workers of the state government who are presently in the kidnappers' den.
While Agbeyangi was abducted on his way to Lagos along Ilesha-Akure expressway, Akinduko and Ajayi were kidnapped along Owo/Ido-Ani road in Ose Local government area of the state.
However, the incident followed by the statement issued by the Ondo state police image maker on that of NURTW secretary, where he stated that the victim was not kidnapped within the jurisdiction of Ondo state, has generated hostile reactions.
According to Oladeji Oloyede, a member of the NURTW, it is wrong for police to make such a statement publicly.
"I don't expect that kind of statement from Ondo state police command. Even if the incident didn’t happen in Ondo state, there should be a way of liaising with Osun state police command to track down the abductors. Should we then allow him to die in their custody because it did not happen here?" He asked emotionally.”
Also corroborating his statement, one of the Union executive who pleaded for anonymity condemned the statement from the command spokesman.
"it is a disservice to the people of this state. Where do we run to if the police claims he cannot secure the release of our member who was kidnapped? I want to believe it is a plan work because between Akure and Ilesha, there are over ten police checkpoints on that road. So how come they (the kidnappers) were able to carry out the attack successfully?"
In a similar reaction, civil servants and members of the state chapter of the National Union of Local Government Employees have condemned the development.
A local government employee, Dele Awogbami said it is worrisome to see the incessant spate of kidnapping of civil servant in the state.
"What would they get from them, where do they expect them or their families to cough the amount they are demanding for? It really calls for concern." He concluded
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