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Months after, family demands whereabouts of abducted ex-NNPC director, two others

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  Accuse security agencies in Ondo of complicity The family of abducted former staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC Mr Segun Akinmeji has appealed to Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to unravel his whereabouts Members of the family lamented that their son had only retired home to contribute to the economic development of his community and help reduce unemployment as a responsible citizen by investing millions of Naira in the state but was preyed upon by the wicked Akinmeji 62 a native of Irele Local Council of Ondo State who retired from NNPC and got all his retirement benefits in December 2020 as a director and top management staff was abducted alongside two of his workers A bricklayer Mr Azeez Sikiru and a tiler identified as Ibrahim were kidnapped alongside their boss by unknown gunmen at his farm located in Iju Itaogbolu Akure North Local Council on Saturday January 30 2021 Speaking to newsmen in Akure yesterday spokesperson for the family and representative of the Akinmeji family Mr Samson Akinmeji lamented that the entire family has been thrown into despair for the past 657 days Akinmeji who is a brother to the former NNPC staff recounted that the immediate family and wife of the victim stated that they were kidnapped on January 30 while sources in Iju reported that it was on January 15 2021 The circumstances surrounding their sudden disappearance for the past 21 months show that it was an abduction orchestrated by persons that are very close to him Mr Akinmeji just retired from NNPC in December 2020 and the kidnappers must have been aware that he just got his pension and gratuities which will definitely be a huge amount of money he said Speaking on the complicity of the kidnap as reported by the wife Mrs Comfort Akinmeji he added The police sprang into action and organised a search party alongside Amotekun Security Outfit local hunters and OPC members to no avail In one of the searches after the kidnappers had contacted the family members for N100m ransom an OPC member who was later discovered to be a former staff of the farm owner was overzealous and did not wait for the search groups went alone to the bush and was killed by the kidnappers After awhile the search groups returned to the rendezvous where they had departed but the deceased OPC member was missing They went back to the bush to look for him but found him murdered in cold blood under suspicious circumstances his face was covered his hands and legs were tied and was shot at very close range Meanwhile independent investigation however revealed that the farm owner Mr Akinmeji and his two staff were not kidnapped on Saturday January 30 2021 as claimed by the wife but Friday January 15 2021 Sources in Iju the town where the farm is located reported that the incident became public on February 2 2021 after the OPC man was killed by the suspected kidnappers According to them the wife and immediate family of the victim also resumed operations at the Iju farm few weeks after her husband and their father was still declared missing Also the Monarch of Iju Town on several occasions stated that the farm owner had been released to his wife Comfort whom the family alleged is undermining every move to unravel the mystery behind her husband s disappearance The brother of the ex NNPC staff Samson confirmed that the wife did not inform any member of the family that his husband was kidnapped until the OPC member was killed and the news went viral across the state
Months after, family demands whereabouts of abducted ex-NNPC director, two others

• Accuse security agencies in Ondo of complicity

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The family of abducted former staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Segun Akinmeji, has appealed to Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, to unravel his whereabouts.

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Members of the family lamented that their son had only retired home to contribute to the economic development of his community and help reduce unemployment as a responsible citizen by investing millions of Naira in the state but was preyed upon by the wicked.

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Irele Local Council of Ondo State

Akinmeji, 62, a native of Irele Local Council of Ondo State, who retired from NNPC and got all his retirement benefits in December 2020, as a director and top management staff, was abducted alongside two of his workers.

A bricklayer, Mr. Azeez Sikiru and a tiler, identified as Ibrahim were kidnapped alongside their boss by unknown gunmen, at his farm located in Iju-Itaogbolu, Akure North Local Council, on Saturday, January 30, 2021.

Samson Akinmeji

Speaking to newsmen in Akure, yesterday, spokesperson for the family and representative of the Akinmeji family, Mr. Samson Akinmeji, lamented that the entire family has been thrown into despair for the past 657 days.

Akinmeji, who is a brother to the former NNPC staff, recounted that the immediate family and wife of the victim stated that they were kidnapped on January 30, while sources in Iju reported that it was on January 15, 2021.

“The circumstances surrounding their sudden disappearance for the past 21 months show that it was an abduction orchestrated by persons that are very close to him.

NNPC in December

“Mr. Akinmeji just retired from NNPC in December 2020 and the kidnappers must have been aware that he just got his pension and gratuities, which will definitely be a huge amount of money,” he said.

Comfort Akinmeji

Speaking on the complicity of the kidnap as reported by the wife, Mrs. Comfort Akinmeji, he added: “The police sprang into action and organised a search party alongside Amotekun Security Outfit, local hunters and OPC members to no avail.

“In one of the searches, after the kidnappers had contacted the family members for N100m ransom, an OPC member, who was later discovered to be a former staff of the farm owner, was overzealous and did not wait for the search groups: went alone to the bush and was killed by the kidnappers.

“After awhile, the search groups returned to the rendezvous, where they had departed, but the deceased OPC member was missing.

“They went back to the bush to look for him, but found him murdered in cold blood under suspicious circumstances: his face was covered, his hands and legs were tied, and was shot at very close range.


Meanwhile independent investigation, however, revealed that the farm owner, Mr. Akinmeji and his two staff, were not kidnapped on Saturday January 30, 2021 as claimed by the wife but Friday, January 15, 2021.

Sources in Iju

Sources in Iju, the town where the farm is located, reported that the incident became public on February 2, 2021 after the OPC man was killed by the suspected kidnappers.

According to them, the wife and immediate family of the victim also resumed operations at the Iju farm few weeks after her husband and their father was still declared missing.

Monarch of Iju Town

Also, the Monarch of Iju Town, on several occasions stated that the farm owner had been released to his wife, Comfort, whom the family alleged is undermining every move to unravel the mystery behind her husband’s disappearance.

The brother of the ex-NNPC staff, Samson, confirmed that the wife did not inform any member of the family that his husband was kidnapped until the OPC member was killed and the news went viral across the state.

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