The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo state council, on Thursday described the alleged kidnapping of 25 persons within 24hours in Ibarapa area of Oyo State as scary.
A statement signed by the NUJ Chairman and Secretary, Ademola Babalola and Sola Oladapo respectively urged the State Police Commissioner, Ngozi Onadeko to relocate to the troubled area in order to restore sanity and confidence for Ibarapa residents.
The NUJ recalled that similar developments were witnessed in the area for better part of year 2019, 2020 and heightened recently, a development that had aggravated tensed security situation in the area.
According to the Union, “that this madness continues unabated despite assurances of the security agents, leaves sour taste in the mouth.
“A report says 18 people were kidnapped this (Thursday) morning, while another claimed seven persons were abducted on Wednesday. All these call for great concern and serious investigation by a delegation of high powered police hierarchy, hence the need for the CP to take up the challenge.
“We are alarmed by this ugly development and therefore calls on all stakeholders in the security circle including the Chief Security Officer of the State, Governor Seyi Makinde to immediately deploy all powers at their disposal to rescue the victims unhurt and bring the perpetrators to book,” the release added.