A wife of local government chairmanship candidate under the platform of All Progressives Congress in the forthcoming Saturday October 8 election in Ogun State, Mrs. Kudirat Balogun, has been kidnapped at the family home at gunpoint. She was said to have been kidnapped on Sunday at Abeokuta by four gunmen. Kudirat’s husband, Gafar Balogun, is candidate for the chairmanship of Ewekoro Local Government Area.Our correspondent gathered that the kidnappers arrived the Baloguns’ family home located at number 1, Sekoni Street in Olomore area of Abeokuta around 8pm on Sunday, where they seized the woman at gunpoint. The kidnappers reportedly pretended to be visitors, asking after the APC chairmanship candidate.
They met his 13-year-old son, Kehinde, who attended to them and was unaware of their intentions until they drew the guns. At gunpoint, the teenager led the kidnappers into the house, where his mother who was preparing dinner was captured. Kudirat’s husband was said to be away when they came. The gunmen led Kudirat and Kehinde at gunpoint into a waiting Toyota Matrix car, but they only drove away with Kudirat, allegedly telling the bewildered son, “Your father is a sure person, your mummy will return soon.”Kehinde thereafter raised the alarm in the neighbourhood, but it was too late, as the kidnappers had disappeared with their victim. Gafar rushed home when he was informed on the telephone.
He said he had reported the case at Lafenwa Police Station, from where it was later transferred to Special Anti-Robbery Squad. As at the time of filing this report, the kidnappers had yet to contact the family. Meanwhile, Ogun State Acting Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident, adding that frantic efforts were ongoing to rescue the victim unhurt. He said, “The Commissioner of Police has ordered the anti-kidnapping unit to take over the case, and investigations have commenced immediately on the matter.”