The wife of Mr Olugbenga Ale, the Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has being kidnapped on Thursday.
According to what was gathered, Mrs Ale was abducted on Thursday night alongside her driver and one other person at Owen area, Idanre, along Ondo-Akure Expressway.
A source said, “I can confirm to you that the wife of the Chief of Staff was kidnapped last night (Thursday) and her whereabouts are not known yet and the kidnappers have not contacted the family.
“I think she was coming from Lagos with a driver and two other people in the car. She was kidnapped along with the driver and one other person. Security men were in the forest last night searching for her.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, who confirmed the incident, said the command had begun to search for the victims and a manhunt for the criminals.
He said, “The Commissioner of Police has ordered all the police divisions in the area to go after the hoodlums with the assistance of the military and I hope that very soon we shall have good news from there.”
This happened after Ondo state was mourning the death of the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi, who was killed by some suspected kidnappers at Elegbeka area of Ose Local Government Area of the state also on Thursday.
Sinilarly, two staff members of Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited and resident on the premises of the steel plant in the Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State was abducted by gunmen.
The two workers of Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited were kidnapped on Tuesday close to the company staff quarters known as Calabar quarters.
The victims were identified only as Austin and Prince.
The incident was said to have led to anxiety among workers in the steel plant quarters.
The kidnappers at first abducted the three workers but released one based on health grounds.
A family member said the kidnappers called in on Friday, demanding N1.2m ransom.
He said, “Where will they get such an amount of money in this hard time? The kidnapped victims are just managing to feed themselves and their families. They are just using farming to support their jobs. With the recent development, many residents are now scared of going to their farms.”
However, Akeredolu directed security agencies to provide the killers of the first-class traditional ruler monarch.