Gunmen dressed in Nigerian military fatigues have abducted a 13-year-old boy, Gbolahan Ajibola, in Obada-Oko in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The boy was kidnapped on Saturday night around 9 pm when the gunmen laid ambush on Ajibola’s family as they were returning to their house in Destiny Estate in Obada-Oko from their shop.
The victim was said to be in company of his mother and grandmother.
The gunmen, who were said to be hiding in a nearby bush close to the victim’s house, pounced on the family when Ajibola alighted from his mother’s car to open the gate.
It was further gathered that, both the victim’s mother, Bisi Ajibola and the grandmother were mercilessly beaten up by the gunmen.
They, however, reportedly reached out to the family and demanded a sum of N50 million ransom in order to free the boy.
The victim’s grandmother, Mrs Victoria Felix said she was still in shock as the gunmen beat her thoroughly not minding her old age.
She said, “The incident occurred around 9.30 pm. We normally come back home every day around 8pm, but, the General Overseer of our church, Pastor Enoch Adeboye came to one of our churches in Adigbe area and we attended the programme.
“Our shop where we were selling goods is very close to the church, we closed from the shop late. Whenever we come back home, it is the boy that usually opens the gate.
“When the boy alighted from the vehicle to open the gate, the gunmen came out of the bush in front of our house and pounced on us.
“The gunmen entered with us into the compound, two of them were outside, while four came into the house and pointed their guns at us. They also beat us mercilessly.
“One of them who covered his face spoke in Yoruba to us, he was the only person that spoke. They seized the boy’s phone and that of his mother and they took the boy away.”
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident on Sunday.
He, however, said the information at his disposal was still sketchy.