In a saddening development, the Police Command in Ondo State has confirmed the abduction of a 19-year-old girl, Adetutu Okinbaloye by gunmen from her home in Imoru community, Ose Local Government Area of the state. This incident has sparked concern and outrage among residents of the community, as well as Nigerians as a whole.
According to SP Olufumilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, the command spokesman, the incident was confirmed by the DPO who was informed by the monarch of the town while at the collation center on Saturday. The monarch had reported that three people were attacked in their home by gunmen, and while two of them were able to escape, the third person, Adetutu Okinbaloye, was abducted by the assailants.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the gunmen, numbering seven, forcefully broke into the victim’s home and took her away after injuring her aunt, Mrs. Alaba Oga. It is alarming to note that the abductors have already made contact with the family and demanded a ransom of N10 million.
The security agencies in the state, including the police and the local security group, the Amotekun corps, have been alerted and are said to be on the trail of the kidnappers. This has brought some hope that the victim will be rescued soon and the culprits brought to justice.
It is disheartening that incidents of abduction and kidnapping are still prevalent in various parts of Nigeria. It is a wake-up call for the government and relevant stakeholders to prioritize the safety and security of citizens. There is a need to strengthen the security apparatus in the country and take proactive measures to prevent such heinous crimes.
In conclusion, the abduction of Adetutu Okinbaloye is a sad reminder of the current state of insecurity in Nigeria. It is imperative that the security agencies work together to ensure that the victim is rescued safely and the kidnappers are brought to justice. It is also necessary for the government to take steps towards addressing the root causes of insecurity in the country.