How we paid N4m to secure release of Ondo traditional head, others’

A total sum of N4 million naira was paid as ransom to secure the release of the traditional head and 3 others kidnapped in Akoko area of Ondo state.

Muritala Olabode told reporters how he dropped the money for them at Ago yeye along Owo road when five suspects who carried out the abduction were paraded by the police.

Gunmen had kidnapped the traditional head of Iku quarters, the Oniku of Iku, in Ikare Akoko, High chief Mukaila Bello and three other indigenes of the town on August 4.

They were abducted at Ago Panu axis of Owo-Ikare road, while traveling from Akure to Ikare.

Other victims kidnapped by the gunmen were Chief Gbafinro, a former state house of assembly candidate for Akoko North-East Constituency, Adeniran Adeyemo and a community leader, Bashiru Adekile.

Olabode identified two of the abductors who collected the ransom from him.

He said, ” We all contributed the money. I personally took the money to them along Owo road. I saw two of those who collected the ransom from me among the five persons paraded by the police.


“Forty minutes later, they released our people. It was a terrible experience for me taking the ransom to them”, he said.