This Day (Lagos)

12 December 2012

Nigeria: Wife of Ex-Western State Military Governor Kidnapped

Kidnappers Tuesday spread their abduction activities to Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, kidnapping Titilola, the wife of the former military governor of the defunct Western State, Brigadier General Oluwole Rotimi (rtd).

The incident, according to eyewitness account, occurred at about 6.30p.m. on Monday at the gate to her company, AOK Logistics Limited.

It was gathered that the abductors came in a green Nissan Primera car which they used to abduct their victim.

She was kidnapped by about four armed men while returning from her office.

At the Ikolaba, Ibadan residence of the Rotimis, the place was deserted yesterday. A man who refused to disclose his identity, accosted journalists at the gate of the white house and nodded to confirm the abduction of his principal's wife.

When he was persuaded to talk, he said, "Yes madam has been abducted and daddy is not in the country. The kidnappers are yet to get across with their demands."

The state police spokesman, Ayodele Lanade, who confirmed the incident, said: "It is true the woman was kidnapped on Monday at about 6.30p.m. and I can tell you that our men are currently on the trail of the criminals."

No arrest has been made since the incident occurred by the police, but it was gathered that the case was Tuesday transferred from Egbeda police station where it was initially reported to the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Iyaganku, Ibadan.

The state police command said it however suspected a foul-play in the matter concerning the way the kidnappers drove through the gate and forced their victim into the car while her driver was looking and allowed them to whisk her away without any resistance.

Lanade said: "The incident was different from other cases of kidnapping in some parts of the country because in this case, we learnt that the driver of the woman was looking at the abductors when they took her away.

"And we found out that there was a rift between the woman and her workers because she was said to have owed them three months salary and there was a kind of agitation from the aggrieved workers.

"In the course of demanding for their unpaid three months salary, some of them were sacked. So, it seems there is a foul play in this case. It is not in anyway related to other kidnapping cases in South-east and South-south."

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