Gunmen kidnap two gold miners in Osun, demand N100m ransom

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BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

Uba Group

Some yet-to-be identified gunmen have abducted a gold miner and his driver along Ilesa-Osogbo road.

Close allies of the kidnap victims, Musibau Adepoju and his driver whose name could not be ascertained, informed The Point that the two men were abducted on Friday evening.

Adepoju, a gold miner who usually operates within gold mining communities around Ilesa, is based in Osogbo alongside his family members and he was said to be on his way home before he was waylaid and kidnapped by the men of the underworld.

It was gathered that the driver was conveying his principal in an excavator caterpillar to Osogbo from Ilesa before the incident happened.

The Point reliably gathered that the kidnappers had contacted the family of Adepoju and had demanded for the sum of N100 million before he could be released.

“Alhaji didn’t return home on Friday and this kept us worried. We waited till Friday night but didn’t hear from him. We called his phone number repeatedly but he wasn’t picking his calls.

“It was on Saturday morning that we got a call from one of the kidnappers who asked us to bring the N100 million as a ransom for his release. We became more worried because we don’t have that money. We have been praying ever since for his unconditional release,” a source said.

The incident was said to have been reported at the state police command.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the police in the state, Mrs. Yemisi Opalola, didn’t pick up telephone calls.