Former Chairman of the Akoko-Edo chapter of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Alhaji Jimoh Olumoye, was recently kidnapped on his way to his farm in Ako-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State.
It was gathered that Olumoye was kidnapped on Sunday afternoon just along Igarra-Okpe road while going to pick his children from the farm.
It was learnt that the children of the victim raised an alarm when they saw their father’s car with its doors opened and his phone abandoned, but they could not see him in the car.
An anonymous source said that the victim took his children to the farm and promised to pick them in the afternoon. He stated further that after waiting endlessly for their father to no avail, the children decided to walk home.
“On their way home, they met his car on the road with the four doors opened and his mobile phone abandoned. After searching for him without success, they informed the family,” the source said.
A relative of the victim, who also wants to remain anonymous, said they have been praying for Olumoye’s safety, noting that he is a civil servant who also farms to add up to his salary.
He pleaded with the kidnappers to release him unhurt, as he has an aged mother that he is taking care of. He said they have made a formal complaint at the Igarra police station.
Members of the vigilante group in the area are also said to be combing the bush in search of the victim. The state’s Commissioner of Police, DanMallam Muhammed, has confirmed the incident. He said the police are on the trail of the kidnappers, giving the assurance that the victim would be rescued soon.