Timeline was December 28, 2020, at about 1.30 p.m. A farmer, Mr Oluwole Agboola, got news about one of his pigs on his farm at Adegbade community, via Aba Odo in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State. With the passion he had for his farm and love for the animals and birds he was rearing, Oluwole quickly made his way to his farm at about 1:30 p.m., to see the pig that was said to have given birth to 10 piglets.
He was on the farm and visiting his workers at different places they were attached to when suddenly gunmen armed with AK-47 rifles and dressed in military fatigue with their faces covered barged in, attacked the farmer and whisked him away to an unknown destination after firing shots. Bewildered at the unexpected happening, Oluwole’s son quickly put a call through to the family to intimate them of the fate that had befallen his father. The family, disturbed, waited with bated breath, was anxious to hear from the adductors, knowing that there would be a demand for ransom. They were not disappointed.
They received a call on December 29, 2020, from the victim’s phone. The kidnappers demanded N50 million as ransom. The family and friends pleaded with the kidnappers from December 29 to 31 on the reduction of the ransom, until they were able to raise N1.650 million which was taken to the kidnappers. Saturday Tribune learnt that when the ransom was paid on December 31, and there was no return of Oluwole, the family members, through the advice of someone, connected with the police on the case.
That was when work began after the then Commissioner of Police, Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu directed the command’s Monitoring Team, led by CSP Sola Aremu, to begin work. The operatives were said to have moved immediately to where the victim was kidnapped and commenced intelligence gathering.
Things began to unfold with the help of information and the team arrested a Fulani working on the farm, identified as Usman Dahiru. In the course of interrogation, it was discovered that Dahiru was present on the farm on the day of the kidnap.
On the day the ransom was paid, he also left the farm without informing anyone of his destination. But the police got to know that he went to the kidnappers to get his share of the ransom. One other worker, Ahmadu Muhammadu, also on the farm, eventually helped to trace Dahiru to his hideout at Bodija community in Ibadan, it was further learnt.
The monitoring team was also able to discover that one of Dahiru’s brothers, Hassan, who had once worked on the farm, and was frequently visiting the place after his exit from work, was one of the masterminds of the kidnap. While working on tracing the whereabouts of the victim, the team had a breakthrough on January 3, this year, as Dahiru was trailed to Bodija area at railway track where he relocated to, and got him arrested. After his arrest, Dahiru confessed that he knew about the kidnap and got a share of N50,000 from the ransom. He also mentioned the other worker, Muhammadu, as being in the know of the kidnap plan.
A third suspect, Ibrahim Mamuda, was also arrested, as he was said to have been the one who went to Aba Odo community to collect the ransom from the victim’s brother, Olakunle Agboola. He was identified by the victim’s brother after his arrest. With the help of intelligence, the police deduced that Oluwole must have been killed, if he was not released after payment of ransom.
After much interrogation, Dahiru opened up that the victim had been killed, though he claimed not to know the spot where he was kept. On January 9, however, the team got useful information with regards to where the body was. On January 10, the operatives went to comb the area, which was not far from where he was kidnapped. There the body was found, decomposed, but identified by family members.