Three people were, on Wednesday, arrested in connection with the abduction of the son of a former Minister of Health and ex-vice chancellor of University of Ibadan, professor Issac Adewole.
His son, Adedayo Adewole, was abducted on Tuesday evening at his poultry farm, located in Iroko village, a suburb of Ibadan, in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.
The three suspects are his driver, Gbenga Ogunleye; farm manager, Mr. Sodiq Adebayo and one other farm worker whose name was not disclosed.
As at the time of filing this report, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Gbenga Fadeyi said the abductors were yet to contact the family members or police in the state.
Speaking after their arrest, the farm manager said “the kidnappers were four in number and their hooded leader wore military camouflage, while three others did not cover their faces, but only put on black clothes and were armed with guns and other dangerous weapons.”
He said the victim was taken away from his farm in his own car and the car was later abandoned about two kilometres to the farm.
The car was recovered from where it was parked.
But a combine team of security agencies and local hunters reportedly combed the forest throughout the night of Tuesday with a view to rescuing the young Adewole, but to no avail.
Meanwhile, the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 11, comprising Oyo, Osun and Ondo States, Mr. Leye Oyebade, and Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr. Shina Olukolu, on Wednesday afternoon visited the farm, and a point where the victim’s car was abandoned near Aba Ode Junction around Amosun village.
Oyebade, while addressing journalists on Wednesday afternoon at the scene of the crime, said the police had launched a manhunt in search of the kidnappers, as he assured members of the public that the kidnapped victim would be rescued, adding that the police would deploy their arsenal, including STI (Science, Technology and Innovation) in the operation.