*Govt Appeals To Nigerians For Information About The Victims
By Bamidele Moses
Unidentified gunmen have abducted three civil servants in the service of Osun State Government.
Those kidnapped are Mrs. Adebimpe Ogunlumade, Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning; Mr. Tajudeen Badejoko, the Director, State Audit of the Ministry, and Mr. Oladapo Ajani Arogundade, the Driver.
It was gathered that they were accosted and kidnapped at gunpoint at Obajana, along Lokoja-Okene in Kogi State while returning from Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja for official engagement.
The victims were said to have been kidnapped at gunpoint around 1:30 p.m.
But the Auditor General of the finance ministry who boarded the same vehicle with Ogunlumade and the Director narrowly escaped.
In a swift reaction, the state government has confirmed the abduction of the officials saying up till the time of filling this report, no traces of their whereabouts.
A statement issued and signed by Mr. Sunday Olayinka Owoeye, the State Head of Service, copies of which were made available to newsmen said the government described the abduction as unfortunate.
The release reads in part: “Preliminary information available to us indicate that the gunmen accosted them between Obajana and Lokoja the Kogi State capital and forced them to stop before the three officials were violently whisked away.
“The officials were returning from Abuja where they attended the briefing on the State and Local Government Reforms Project; a World Bank and European Union Programme.
“The Government has alerted all necessary security agencies nationwide in general and Kogi State in particular towards safe release of the three abducted officials.
“We appeal to all Nigerians for information that could lead to their immediate release.”