By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Some yet to be identified gun wielding men have abducted the Permanent Secretary of the Osun state Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Mrs. Adebimpe Ogunlumade on Friday, 22nd April, 2016.
The gunmen kidnapped Ogunlumade alonside the Director, State Audit of the ministry, Mr. Tajudeen Badejoko, and the Driver, Mr. Oladapo Ajani Arogundade at Obajana, along Lokoja-Okene in Kogi state.
The victims were said to have been kidnapped at gunpoint around 1:30pm on Friday.
But the Auditor General of the finance ministry who boarded the same vehicle with Ogunlumade and the Director was said to have escaped.
An impeccable source in the ministry who did not want his name in print told our correspondent that the kidnapped officials of the ministry were returning to Osogbo from Abuja, after a meeting in Abuja.
The Accountant General of the ministry was not in the vehicle as investigation by our correspondent revealed that he traveled to the meeting by air.
The source further confided in our correspondent that the abductors had put a telephone call to the relatives of the victims demanding an undisclosed ransom.
Our correspondent learnt that Ogunlumade’s relatives were thrown into angst on hearing the news of the abduction.
It was gathered that the relatives were running around to raise the said ransom as at the time of filing this report.
In a swift release signed by the state Head of Service, Mr. Sunday Olayinka Owoeye and made available to our correspondent in Osogbo, the ste government described the abduction as unfortunate.
The release reads: “Preliminary information available to us indicate that the gunmen accosted them between Obajana and Lokoja the Kogi State capital and forced them to stop before the three officials were violently whisked away.
“The officials were returning from Abuja where they attended the briefing on the State and Local Government Reforms Project; a World Bank and European Union Programme.
The Government has alerted all necessary security agencies nationwide in general and Kogi State in particular towards safe release of the three abducted officials.
We appeal to all Nigerians for information that could lead to their immediate release.”
When contacted by our correspondent on the telephone, the Osun state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Folasade Odoro said she could not speak on the development because the abduction did not happen in Osun state.
Odoro then asked our correspondent to put a call forward to Kogi state Police Public Relations Officer but pleaded with our correspondent to send the names of the kidnap victims to her in other to make some investigations.