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My Abductors Got N600,000 Ransom, Gave Me N500 And Requested Prayers — Oyo Farmer



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A farmer in Ayete in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State, Oluwafemi Oyedepo, has recounted his nasty experience in a kidnappers’ den where he spent four days.

City Round learnt that Oyedepo and his two partners were travelling to a farm around Felele village last Friday when some gunmen ambushed their van in the Konko area, Ibarapa.

His partners were said to have escaped but Oyedepo was not lucky as the abductors caught up with him and took him into the forest.

Oyedepo told our correspondent that the kidnappers initially demanded N100m ransom but eventually collected N600,000, adding that they tortured him before he was released on Tuesday. The incident was said to have been reported at the Ayete Police Division.

He said, “I left Ayete town in a van with two other people before 7 am. The incident happened around 8 am. Some kidnappers came from behind and started shooting. Three others appeared in the front. We quickly came down from the vehicle and tried to escape.

“They chased after us and caught up with me. They said I was their target. We walked inside the bush and slept wherever the night fell. We could feel the presence of the police and vigilantes where they kept me but they warned that if the police attempted to rescue me without paying the ransom, they would waste my life.

“It was a bitter experience. They beat me up anytime they wanted to ask something from me. My face got swollen from beating; it was too much. They were cooking rice but I could not eat it.”


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