Caretaker Chairman, Ibadan Southeast Local Government area of Oyo state, Hon Teslim Ajimobi, has denied being involved in any kidnap saga.
Teslim, brother to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, said the story linking him to an alleged kidnap upon which a Hausa auto dealer in Sabo, named Danladi, petitioned the police, causing his (Teslim’s) arrest and detention for six hours, was “an entire falsehood, cooked up by elements seeking to cause needless panic and confusion among Ibadan residents.”
Urging his supporters to regard the story as “false, malicious, unwarranted and meant to bring my name into disrepute”, Teslim maintained he had not been to any police station in the last one year, not to talk of being released by one anti-kidnap (police) squad after si hours for partaking in a supposed kidnap saga!
The story which was broken on an online medium two days ago alleged the governor’s brother was arrested after a petition by one Danladi who claimed to have been threatened by Teslim that he (Danladi) would be dealt with.
On why he could be alleged of such involvement, the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain insisted “I am a politician. It must be a design by one of those seeking my fall. But this one seems a joke carried too far”.
Teslim said: “I hereby state categorically that I have never been involved in any crime in my life, whether kidnap or any other one. While I admit I know Danladi, being a friend of my younger brother, I am not aware of any kidnap attempt on him by anyone, least of all by me! As Caretaker chairman of Ibadan Southeast Local Government, I have been discharging the duties of the office without any fear or let.
“My attention was drawn to the story which had been circulating on an online medium by a friend who had read same. At first, I did not understand it, not because of the language, but the fact that I was actually deep into some discussion when my attention was drawn to it, and could therefore not fathom how such a character could be me.
“In the past four or five weeks, there has not been any single day I have not been in the office. I have been engaged most often by issues which have to do directly with the people of Ibadan Southeast. I cannot therefore imagine spending a whole six hours in police custody. This seems the wish of the enemies. Fortunately, it is not the wish of God for me”.