Release my kids, Oba begs kidnappers
The Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, has pleaded with the kidnappers of his twin children to release them.
He made the plea while speaking with newsmen yesterday in Ibadan. He appealed to the kidnappers to bear with him as he does not have the amount of money demanded as ransom.
The kidnappers initially demanded N100 million ransom and later reduced it to N40 million.
Oba Balogun said he offered them N5 million which was rejected.
“The kidnappers should please bear with me and return my kids. I am ready to do anything that will make them happy.
“I don’t want to endanger the life of my kids and I am not out to fight them because there is no reason for that,’’ Balogun said.
Gunmen on Thursday, kidnapped the five-year-old twins of Balogun from his Akobo residence in Ibadan.
The mother of the kids has been in hospital since she received news of the kidnap, it was gathered.
The Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Adekunle Ajisebutu, said the Command was doing everything possible to rescue the kidnapped children unhurt and arrest the culprits.
“The Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, has consequently directed the command’s antikidnapping squad and other special outfits to organise a manhunt for the suspects and rescue the victims safely.
“We assure the parents and the public that we will succeed in this task,“Ajisebutu said. (NAN)