By Wilson Adekumola
Kidnappers have reportedly killed a man identified as Isaac Odeh, after collecting N400,000 ransom to release the victim who they kidnapped alongside his son in Ijagba community, Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The suspected kidnappers stormed the victims on their way to their farm within the community.
A Chief in the community, Sunday Ogoh, who bemoaned the incessant attacks on farmers and locals in the community, alleged that the herders were behind the the unfortunate incident , noting that the herders had killed former chairman in the community Bola Adelegbe.
He stated further that Odeh’s corpse was found in the bush after a long period of search, and his remains were deposited in the mortuary.
“It is now imperative, due to the ugly incident, to cry out and seek the support of the government and all relevant authorities to protect our lives and properties, which is one of the aims of the government since we can no longer go to the farm or sleep with our two eyes closed.
“This problem is not only limited to Ijagba; these Fulani herdsmen do operate in Imoru, Molege, Arimagija, Ute, and Okeluse. There is no security in those areas,” he said.
Solomon, the son of the deceased, narrated how he and his father were tied up with rope by the suspected herdsmen, explaining that the kidnappers threatened to kill both of them if their relatives failed to pay the ransom but they eventually killed his father after collecting the N400,000 ransom.
“Unfortunately, they carried out their threat and killed my father, even after a ransom of N400,000 was paid,” he lamented.
Confirming the incident, the State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, assured the public that the police were actively working to apprehend the perpetrators.