From GBENGA ADESUYI, Ibadan
Wife offormer governor of Western Region, Brigadier-General Oluwole Rotimi (retd), Mrs. Titilayo has been kidnapped in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The incident, according to an eyewitness occurred at about 6.30p.m yesterday in front of the gate to her company, AOK Logistics Limited. Titilayo was abducted by four armed men, while returning from her office.
The residence of the Rotimis at Ikolaba area of Ibadan was deserted yesterday when newsmen visited the place. Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), Ayodele Lanade who confirmed the incident said: “It is true the woman (Titilayo) was kidnapped on Monday at about 6.30p.m and I can tell you that our men are currently on the trail of the criminals.” According to him, no arrest had been made, but it was gathered that the case had been transferred from Egbeda Police Station where it was initially reported. The abductors came in a green Nissan Primera car and on arrival; reversed into the gate of the company.
The police said the command, however, suspected a foul-play in the matter, adding that the manner through which the kidnappers drove into the gate and forced Titilayo into the car, while her driver was looking and allowed them whisked her away without any resistance called for questioning. The Acting PPRO, Mr. Ayodele Lanade explained: “The incident was different from other cases of kidnapping in some parts of the country because, in this case, we learnt that the driver of the woman was looking at the abductors when they took her away,” he said.
“And we found out that there is a rift between the woman and her workers because she was said to have owed them three months salary and there was a kind of agitation from the aggrieved workers. “In the course of demanding for their unpaid three months salary, some of them were sacked. So, it seems there is a foul play in this case. Its not in anyway related to other kidnapping cases in South East and South South,” the state police spokesman said.