Gunmen on Saturday kidnapped the children of an Ibadan-based popular Muslim cleric Alh. Taofeek Akewugbagold.
According to the cleric, his twin children were kidnapped at gunpoint from his house at about 8:30 pm in Ojoo area of the city.
“What a country! My twins children were kidnapped at gun point at my Ojoo residence Ibadan, around 8pm SATURDAY 10 minutes after I left my home recording lecture in a studio,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Akewugbagold called on people to assist him in prayers and begged the abductors for mercy lamenting that his wife gave birth to the twins after 12 years of barrenness.
He added: “Everybody should pls for Allah’s sake assist me in prayer and begging the abductor to pls be mercy with me expecially their mother who was barren for 12 years b4. Am begging not flexing anything.This is their pictures, help share wide (sic). Oh my God!”
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mr Gbenga Fadeyi, who confirmed the incident disclosed that four persons have been arrested in connection with the kidnap, and were assisting the police in their investigations.
Akewugbagold, who hails from Oyo West Local Government, was chairman of the Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board (Muslim Wing) during the two-term tenure of the immediate past governor, Abiola Ajimobi.