Tuesday, 12 January 2016
Former Ondo Speaker Olabimtan kidnapped
Olabimtan, an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant, last Thursday, declared his intention to contest the October election.
He was speaker during the administration of the late Dr Olusegun Agagu and was recently commissioner representing Ondo, Ekiti and Edo states in the Federal Civil Service Commission.
The former speaker was said to be going for a meeting in Abuja when some gunmen in army fatigues abducted him at a check point.
Sources said Olabimtan’s driver, popularly called Agba, was set free by the kidnappers.
The abductors have demanded N20million for his release.
The media aide to the Supare-Akoko-born politician, Zadok Emmanuel, confirmed the incident.
He said the abductors stopped Olabimtan’s vehicle at a check point and whisked him away after they had shot sporadically into the air.
According to him, the abducted former State Chairman, Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) has not spoken to his family.
He pleaded with security agencies to ensure Olabimtan’s timely release.
The incident has been reported to the FCT Police Command in Abuja.
When our reporter visited the former Speaker’s home at Alagbaka in Akure, his relatives were all in a sober mood.
One of his close associates and former supervisor in Ose Local Government Area, Isaac Obiniran, pleaded with the kidnappers to release his principal.
Also kidnapped was the State Chairman of the Muslim Welfare Board, Alhaji Abdulrashidi Ajifowowe.
But it was gathered that they were abducted at different times on the same road.
The APC in a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Steve Otaloro, said: “We appeal to the security agencies to expedite action on his rescue. We gathered that the kidnappers had contacted the Victor Olabimtan Initiative for Change and Emancipation (VOICE) and are demanding N20million for his release.
“We, however, seek the support of all Nigerians in prayers to ensure his rescue.”