A youth coordinator has been kidnapped by gunmen in Ogun.
Unknown gunmen, suspected of being kidnappers, have abducted Olamilekan Okunuga, the coordinator of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), in Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State, Ejes Gist News reports
The youth coordinator was kidnapped by gunmen on his way from Ibadan to Ogere on Thursday, according to reports.
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The assailants also allegedly accosted Okunuga’s car while he was driving himself from Oyo State’s capital.
As the kidnappers dragged him away into the forest, the youth leader’s car was said to have been abandoned by the roadside.
The incident was confirmed by the Ogun State Chairman of the NYCN, Abduljabar Ayelaagbe, on Sunday.
The kidnappers are demanding a ransom of N30 million before Okunuga can be released, according to Ayelaagbe, who also revealed that the victim’s car was later recovered from an unknown person who was said to be driving it along Ogijo.
“Our coordinator at Odogbolu Local Government was kidnapped around Ogere in Ogun State about two or three days ago,” he said. He went to Ibadan, but the kidnappers kidnapped him when he returned.
“We discovered his car abandoned by the roadside the night he was kidnapped. On Friday evening, we received word from the police that the car had been stopped in Ogijo while being driven by a man. The driver of the car claimed he saw the kidnappers as they were removing Okunuga, and that he decided to drive away after the kidnapping. According to the police, that person has been apprehended.
The kidnappers have contacted his family and are demanding a ransom of N30 million to secure Okunuga’s release, according to the NYCN Chairman.
As a result, he pleaded with the state’s police and other security agencies to save the NYCN coordinator’s life.
As of press time, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, had yet to respond to the incident.