Mandate as Ransom: APC Candidate Abducted Daughter Released

THE All Progressives Congress (APC) councillorship candidate in Ward C1B of Odi- Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos, Bode Adeosun, whose abducted daughter, Bukola, was freed yesterday has described how she regained her freedom. The 20-year-old, who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Tuesday evening, was dumped by her abductors around 12:30am on Friday in Danmegoro Street in Mushin.

She was said to be unconscious after her release. The Nation learnt that she was found blindfolded, with her hands and legs tied together by chain. No ransom was paid for her release, but The Nation gathered that the victim was let off the hook, following her father’s willingness to back out of the councillorship race, which was the condition gave by the kidnappers to free the victim. A crowd made up of sympathisers and politicians had stormed Adeosun’s home, on Shyllon Street in Ilupeju, following the news of his daughter’s release. Adeosun described the incident as “unforgettable experience”, saying his daughter was subjected to physical and psychological torture because of politics.

He wondered why his family would be made to go through trauma for what he called “inconsequential political position. “My daughter’s abductors were in constant communication with me since the day she was kidnapped. They demanded I should withdraw from the political race if I wanted my daughter back alive. I agreed with their terms and condition, because I did not want any arm to befall the innocent girl. Expatiating further, he said: “Since I am not in the position to announce my withdrawal from the race, the APC chairman in Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA did during the APC state rally held on Thursday for all party candidates in all local councils. I assumed informant of my daughter’s abductors attended the rally. “When they heard the announcement from the APC chairman in our council, they called me around 7pm to come to Ifo area of Ogun State to pick up my daughter.

I pleaded with them to bring her back to the spot she was kidnapped. They hung up and called back around 12am. They said I should pick my daughter up in Danmegoro Street in Mushin. We found her blindfolded and tied with chain. She was almost passing out.” On whether he would go ahead to contest for the councillorship office, Adeosun said his priority was to ensure his daughter overcome the trauma she was subjected to, adding that he would not trade off his family members’ freedom for politics. Ilupeju youths leader and APC stalwart, Mr Ademola Taiwo, described the incident as a “strange trend” in the council’s politics, urging the police to tighten security in the neighbourhood ahead of the council elections. The victim whose 20th birthday is today is receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

Source: The Nation

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