Gunmen in Army camouflage kidnap 13-year-old boy, demand N50m in Ogun

Gunmen in Nigerian Army camouflage have kidnapped a 13-year-old boy at the Obada-Oko in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.

It was learnt that the gunmen invaded Destiny Estate in Obada-Oko at 9:15pm on Saturday and started shooting before they whisked away the boy identified as Gbolahan Ajibola.

It was gathered that they had contacted the family and demanded N50m as ransom.

The grandmother of the victim, Victoria Felix, told said that the gunmen who were six invaded her house on Saturday night.

Felix, who is a trader in Adigbe area of Abeokuta, said the gunmen invaded their house as she and her daughter, who is the mother of the victim, were entering the house.

She said, “Last night, as we got to the entrance of the house, the boy opened the gate for us. Suddenly, he screamed. We thought he was bitten by a scorpion, but as I was about to get down from the car to know what happened, I saw four gunmen beside my car while the remaining two prevented the boy from closing the gate.

“We gave them our two bags. They collected the bags and also the phones of Gbolahan and his mother.

“As they were taking him away, I held one of them by his clothes and told them to leave the boy and take me. They dragged us on the ground and started shooting.

“A motorcyclist escaped as they were shooting, but they got another motorcycle and used it to take him away.”

Olabisi Ajibola, the mother of the boy, said that her son was taken away after the family joined the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, during the opening of a new branch in Abeokuta.

The Chairman of Destiny Estate Community Development Association, Tayo Bilesanmi, told The PUNCH that the incident happened at 9:15pm.

Bilesanmi said the gunmen were in Nigerian Army camouflage and started shooting, making people flee and sustain injuries in the process.

He said, “The house they attacked is the first building in the community.”

A source said that N50m was being demanded by the abductors.

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