Suspected gunmen have kidnapped the twins of a popular Ibadan-based Islamic cleric, Alhaji Taofeek Akewugbagold.
The twins were kidnapped on the evening of Saturday, April 25, in his residence in Ibadan, at about 8:30 pm in Ojoo area of the city on Saturday, April 25,The Nation reports.
Akewugbagold, who disclosed this in a post on his Facebook page in the early hours of Sunday, April 26, said the children were kidnapped at gunpoint.
The cleric called on people to assist him with prayers and begged the abductors to have mercy on the mother of the abducted twins, who was barren for almost 12 years.
“What a country! My twins’ children were kidnapped at gunpoint at my Ojoo residence Ibadan, around 8 pm Saturday 10 minutes after I left my home recording lecture in a studio.”
“Everybody should pls for Allah’s sake assist me in prayer and begging the abductor to pls be mercy with me expecially their mother who was barren for 12 years b4. Am begging not flexing anything. This is their pictures, help share wide (sic). Oh my God,” he wrote.
According to the report, the state police public relations officer, Gbenga Fadeyi, who confirmed the incident, said that four persons have been arrested in connection with the kidnap, adding that they were assisting the police in their investigations.
Akewugbagold, who hails from Oyo West local government, was chairman of the Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board (Muslim Wing) during the two-term tenure of the immediate past Governor, Abiola Ajimobi.