Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola
The Permanent Secretary of Osun State Ministry of Finance, Budget and
Economic Planning, Mrs Adebimpe Ogunlumade, her driver, Mr. Oladapo
Arogundade Ajani and a Director from the ministry, Mr. Tajudeen
Badejoko who were kidnapped by gunmen Friday have been resqued
The officials were kidnapped while returning from Abuja where they
attended the briefing on the State and Local Government Reforms
Project; a World Bank and European Union Programme.
The Director of Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of
the Governor in Osogbo, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon confirmed their release
through a statement signed by Osun State Head of Service, Mr. Sunday
Olayinka Owoeye and made available to journalists on Sunday evening.
Okanlawon confirmed that “arrangements are now being made to convey
them to Osogbo within the shortest possible time by security agents
with a view to re-uniting them with their families and relations”
Meanwhile, Osun state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP,
in a statement issued in Osogbo by its director of
media and strategy, Prince Diran Odeyemi commended the police and other
security agencies that ensured the release of the kidnapped official
and rejoiced with their families and Osun state government.
The party, however, urged the state government to disclose what was
involved in securing their release for the purpose of accountability
The PDP said "Though no price will be too much to pay for the safety
of the kidnapped officials but we still believe that the state
government should let the public know if ransom were paid and how
much, if vital financial document were missing or not".
"We also commend Osun and Kogi state journalists for their efforts and
professionalism which in no way must have assisted in effecting the
release of the officials", Odeyemi said.
Source: Daily Trust