The gunmen who kidnapped two-year-old twins of popular Oyo state Islamic cleric, Sheik Taofeeq Akewugbagold have contacted him and are demanding for £100, 000 ransom for their release.
This is coming one week after the abduction from their home in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital. The cleric who disclosed the incident in a post on his Facebook page in the early hours of Sunday April 26, announced that his children, a boy and a girl, were kidnapped at gunpoint at his Ojoo residence on Saturday night, April 25.
According to LIB, spokesperson of the state police command, SP Fadeyi Olugbenga, who confirmed the incident, affirming that efforts are being made by the state operatives to locate the abductors and rescue the children alive.
”We have been contacted and we have been exchanging conversations with the abductors. We are begging them on a daily basis to reduce the ransom. They have asked for £100, 000 which is N55 million. Since then we have been begging them and I believe they will consider our plea.” the Islamic cleric told LIB.
He added “the abductors speak good English meaning they are graduates. They were first harsh but later very friendly. It is very unfortunate. I am appealing to the government to wake up to their duty. If things continue like this, only God knows what will happen.”
Sheik Taofeeq also said the mother of the twins who waited for 12 years before giving birth to them, has been terribly ill since the incident happened. She did a video few days ago weeping as she appealed to the abductors of her children to release them.
”We have been moving their mother from one hospital to the other since that day while for me, I am just trying to control myself because it is raising my BP. I put my hope in Almighty Allah.” he said
The cleric said the abductors have also sent him pictures of his children ”looking sad” .
”They sent their pictures to us and we studied it and saw it was not photoshopped. The children looked sad. One was crying while the second one’s eye was swollen. It is an experience I can never pray for my worse enemy. I need my children” he said.
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