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Gunmen kidnap canteen owner in Oyo, demand N20m ransom

Some unknown gunmen, suspected to be kidnappers, have abducted a canteen owner identified as Mrs. Folakemi Olufunmilayo, in Igbo-Ora, town in Ibarapa East Local Government Area of Oyo state.

It was gathered on Tuesday that Olufunmilayo, who operates a food canteen along Igbo-Ora – Abeokuta Road, was kidnapped on Sunday.

The victim was said to have been whisked away around 10:30pm on Sunday.

It was gathered that the incident occurred when the kidnappers swooped on the area, few minutes after he closed for the day’s business.

Sources explained that the kidnappers announced their arrival and presence in the area with sporadic gunshots, which led to the injury of four people trying to scamper for safety.

The family of the victim later reported the case to the nearby police station as the area became deserted immediately the news filtered into town.

Meanwhile, it was gathered that the kidnappers had demanded the sum of N20 million for the release of the victim.

The victim is yet to be released as at the time of filing this report.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the State Police Command, Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi, who confirmed the abduction, insisted that the police patrol team are on the trail of the abductors.

Fadeyi said, “A case of abduction: On 23/6/29, one Mrs. Folakemi Olufunmilayo ‘F’ Age 50YRS.

“The owner of Hosanna Foods Canteen was abducted within her premises by her regular customer who could be recognised. “Police patrol teams are on the trail of the hoodlum.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.