The father to the lawmaker representing Ede North State Constituency in Osun State House of Assembly who doubled as the Minority Leader, Hon Adewunmi Kofoworola Babajide, Mr Muftau Lawal, who got missing August 5, 2022 has been found.
Lawal, who got missing in Ede, Osun State during a Political fracas in the town was found in Kogi Lokoja.
Narrating go his ordeal in the hands of some hoodlums who kidnapped him in front of his house, the octogenarian explained he was taken to unknown place in Kogi State.
The revelation goes thus “I was in front of my house in the evening when I saw these people in there numbers alighted from motorcycles and some children who were playing beside where I sat, ran away. Some of them said they should burn me alive while some said they should gun me down and I was already scared when one of them said they should pour petrol on me and burn me.
“Not long, another set of people joined them and immediately they alighted from the motorcycle, ordering me to climb the motorcycle. I asked them where are you taking me to? One of them responded, we are taking you to meet your son, Akogun. Because of my age, my sight is already blurry, I can’t see clearly as we were going. But after a while, I noticed we were on Ilesha route, because that’s my route when I was young.
“I asked again, where are you taking me to and the one behind me said if you ask any question again, we will kill you here. I stopped asking them questions. We were going on a high speed. Then, it was already dark so I can’t see anything again.
“Later, we got to a place, there is a house there and I was asked to go inside. I met an old man with a boy, the man is an herbalist, as he welcomed me. Those who carried me to the place left. I saw the herbalist as he consulted his oracle after many incantations, the herbalist asked me if we have any deity in our family and I told him no that we don’t have any deity but my wife family has one they do worship which is “Sango”– God of lightening. The herbalist now say ‘I can see’ as he shook his head. Later, I noticed that he was calling those who brought me to him to come and carry me that I can’t be used.
“Those who brought me didn’t answer and I was there for weeks before they now came six days ago around 3am to carry me. As we were going in the middle of the night, I noticed that a car was coming behind us and not quite long, the motorcycle that they used to carry me stopped and I was asked to enter the car. It was the car that carried me to Lokoja in the morning.
“The car who carried me after getting to Lokoja asked to enquire about any Police station to present myself to them and explain how I got there which I did. It was there in the station they contacted some people in Osun to get my son’s phone number. They called him to inform him that I came to explain how I got to Lokoja. It was my son who arranged how I got back to Osun.
Asked if he was attended to by the police in Osun state, Mr Lawal said he met with the Commissioner of Police who asked him questions and later asked one of his men to take his statement before he was asked to be taken to Ede.
The octogenarian said all he has had been burnt down, noting that “This cloth on me is all I have as I speak. It was a police officer in Lokoja who gave me a sandal that I wore to Osun.”
While appreciating the effort and high level of professionalism displayed by the police both in Lokoja, Kogi State and Osun, Mr Lawal appealed to the Nigeria Police and other relevant security agencies to unraveled those behind the crisis in Ede.
Also, he however call on the Police to please bring to justice those who kidnapped him from his house to an unknown place in Kogi.
Recall the Osun Assembly Minority Leader has been making effort to know the whereabouts of his father since August 5, 2022 that has been missing.
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