AOK Logistics, the company owned by Titilayo, the abducted wife of the former military governor of old Western State, Brigadier General Oluwole Rotimi (rtd.), is now an empty shell, following the arrest of some key officers of the company on Wednesday.
General manager of the company located along Alakia Road in Ibadan and some other key officials including driver of the victim, according to the police spokesman, Ayodele Lanade, are now being held at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).
Lanade however, confirmed that the family of the abducted woman has briefed the command on the demand of N200 million ransom from the abductors. The police spokesman maintained that the abduction of the retired military officer’s wife might have been stage-managed by aggrieved workers in the company to achieve a yet to be identified purpose.
He hinged his hypothesis on the fact that the driver of the abducted woman looked on while the abductors reversed their vehicle to whisk away the woman
“We found out that there was a rift between the woman and her workers because she was said to have owed them three months’ salaries and there was a kind of agitation from the aggrieved workers.”
In the meantime, the state government has expressed his commitment to rescuing the wife of the former military governor without being harmed. The state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, said he was sad that kidnapping for ransom, which hitherto was strange in the South-west, has now been brought into the region by some undesirable elements. He pledged that his administration would ensure that this ugly trend does not repeat itself in the state.
The governor said he was in constant touch with the state Commissioner of Police and other security operatives in his commitment to ensure that Mrs. Rotimi is rescued without any harm done to her.
“The state government is committed to this rescue effort, not only because Mrs. Rotimi is a senior citizen in the state, but we are committed to ensuring that crime of whatever kind is not committed in Oyo State against any citizen of the state,” the statement added.