Muslim leader abducted in Ogun

Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase
Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase

A popular Islamic leader of the Ansar-ud-deen Society, Ijebu-Ode chapter of Ogun State, Olayinka Oshinkoya, has been kidnapped.

Mr. Oshinkoya, said to be in company of his younger brother, was kidnapped on Tuesday while on his way to attend a meeting with the chairman of Ogun State Local Government Service Commission in Abeokuta, his brother said.

The victim’s brother, Abolore Oshinkoya, said the abductors, driving an unmarked Honda Accord car, cornered his brother at a gunpoint near Paramount F.M Radio along Kobape-Abeokuta.

He added that Mr. Oshinkoya, who is a leader of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, was thereafter taken away by the abductors.

He said the abductors were yet to make any contact with the family.

The younger Oshinkoya said the family reported the incident to the Trade Fair Police Post, but were directed to Ibara police division.

On Thursday, members of the Mr. Oshinkoya family, joined by members of the Ansar-ud-deen Society, converged on the society’s headquarters in Ijebu-Ode to pray for the release of the kidnapped cleric.

The chairman of Ibadan Garage chapter of RTEAN Ijebu-Ode, Ahmed Kuku, described the incident as disturbing, just as the zonal secretary of the union, Adenike Onasanya, said Mr. Oshinkoya “does not deserve this kind of treatment”.

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