An Ilorin based business man and hotelier, Boniface Okoli
was on Monday evening kidnapped for the second time in about five years in the town.
He was said to have been kidnapped at one of his stores along Ibrahim Taiwo Road with his whereaboouts yet to be known.
The 52-year-old man was said to have been kinapped by a group of men who disquised in military uniform to carry out the criminal act.
It was learnt that the suspected kidnappers, before they could succeed in abducting the man, beat him severely to overpower him as he was said to have resisted the abduction.
Before his Monday’s abduction Okoli was also to be abducted for the second time last year but his assailant could not succeed as he successfully resisted the abduction.
His first abduction which took place about five years ago saw him spending some days in the hands of his abductors before he was later released outside kwara state.
Source said that Okoli won N40 million Nairabet sports lottery recently before he was kidnapped on Monday.
The victim’s wife, Adanma Chinyere Okoli who alongside her husband elder brother, Dennis Okoli, spoke with newsmen on Tuesday narated how he was kidnapped and disclosed that the suspected kidnappers had not contacted the family for any ransom.
She said: “His boys in the shop said some guys in military uniform came and forced him into their vehicle; there was a gun shot and he was beaten. Then they whisked him away to an unknown destination. The incident happened around 6pm on Monday.
“Up till now we have not heard any information about his whereabouts and nobody has called to demand for any ransom. We have reported the matter to all the security agencies in the state. They are yet to give us any concrete information about my husband’s whereabouts.
“To my knowledge, before the incident there was no misunderstanding between him and his business associates. The only thing is that in October last year some unknown persons made unsuccessful attempt to kidnap him and five years ago they came and kidnapped him. By His grace he will be back.
“The people am suspecting are the ones that unsuccessfully attempted to abduct him in October last year.
The state police commissioner, Sam Okaula, said three suspects had been arrested in connection with the abduction while investigations were still on over the matter.
“We were told that the men were in army uniform and in a Camry. I heard that this is the third time they are attempting to kidnap that man. We try and go after these people and make sure that we rescue him.
“He was abducted between 6pm and 7pm on Monday. We got the information late. The police got the information one hour after the incident. As at now, we have three suspects in our cell.
They were picked at that hotel. There are indications that they have connection with the kidnappers, working on with them.
“We are after the criminals. We must get to the root of this rercurring kidnap. We do not know why they are always kidnapping. Three times, attempts have been on him. we do not know? We must get to the root of the matter. There has not been any information of contacts from the kidnappers.
“The three suspects are males. They were found in the hotel, they were within that vicinity when the incident happened. Because of their conduct, police suspected them and they are being interrogated now,” he said.