A 90-year-old man, Pa Ajagunna Adalumo, father of a popular hotelier, Oluwole Adalumo, was on Wednesday night kidnapped in his house at Oke-Ijebu, Ikole-Ekiti.
Oluwole Adalumo owns the SMJ Hotel, in Ikole, Ekiti State.
An eyewitness, Bimbo Ajayi, who is also a relative of the victim, in Ikole on Thursday, told journalists that the abductors came into the house of the aged man around 8.00 pm yesterday. According to Ajayi, one man came down from a car parked in front of the house and approached the old man in his sitting room under the pretence that he had a message for the old from his son, the hotelier. She narrated:
“When the abductor came out of the house alongside the old man, two other men from the car dragged Baba into their car and drove off before residents could suspect their mission.
“We raised alarm to prevent the abduction of Baba but they have left and we were unable to trail the vehicle.”
Also speaking on the abduction, Mr Festus Kolade, one of the youths in the area, said that the matter was immediately reported at the Police station while the search for the old man has started.
Kolade who claimed to be a family member of the victim said the abductors were yet to make any contact with the family. What would have prompted the hoodlums to abduct the aged man? That was the question on the lips of relatives and friends of the victim, who were seen gathered in groups discussing in hushed tones.
A police officer at Divisional Police Station in Ikole, who pleaded anonymity confirmed the incident but said he could not give details on the matter until investigation is completed. He assured that the nonagenarian would be located and regain freedom from his abductors.