- An APC chieftain Olumide Odimayo has been abducted by gunmen in Ondo state
- Odimayo was kidnapped from his community early on Thursday morning by armed men numbering about seven
- The gunmen were said to have entered the community through the bush and whisked away the chieftain
Armed kidnappers abducted an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Olumide Odimayo, in Lgbotu, Ese Odo Local Government Area, Ondo state on Thursday June 15.
Sahara Reporters reports that Mr. Odimayo, popularly called "Londoner," was kidnapped from his community early on Thursday morning by armed men numbering about seven.
NAIJ.com gathered that the politician unsuccessfully sought the APC ticket for his constituency’s House of Assembly seat in 2015.
According to the source, the gunmen entered the community through the bush and whisked away the chieftain. He added that they shot into the air to prevent people from foiling the abduction.
"Mr. Odimayo was kidnapped around 6 a.m. today (Thursday) at Igbotu by heavily armed men. Some youths, who got wind of his kidnap, informed local vigilantes in the community and they ran after the kidnappers, shooting one of them to death," the source said.
A police source in the community also confirmed the abduction of the APC chieftain to our correspondent. The policeman, who pleaded anonymity, said some officers have been handed the responsibility of rescuing the victim.
"We have deployed some of our men to search the bush for the rescue of the politician. I was just informed not too long ago that one of the kidnappers was gunned down while trying to escape," the police officer said.
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Efforts to reach the Ondo State Police Command spokesman, Mr. Femi Joseph, according to Sahara Reporters were unsuccessful, as his official mobile line did not connect. Efforts to contact Mr. Odimayo's family members' reaction also proved abortive.
NAIJ.com had previously reported that Gunmen numbering over 30 abducted kidnapped a member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Isa Salihu who represents Magajin Garin Constituency of the state.
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