Cashew farmer kidnapped in Kogi on Easter Sunday, reportedly dies in captivity

... co-abductee regains freedom

A prominent Cashew farmer and community leader of the agrarian community of Aghara in Kabba-Bunu local government area of Kogi State, Chief David Obadofin who was kidnapped on Easter Sunday have reportedly died in the kidnappers den.

He was said to have passed on last Thursday, 12 days after he was kidnapped, when he could no longer withstand the torture of his captivity.

His co-abductee,Temidayo Elewa, has however been set free.

She was freed at Obajana in Lokoja Local Government Area of the state from where family members picked her up on Saturday morning, and was taken for medical attention.

will not let go or give up…” An anonymous source involved in the operations said.

Obadofin, a major Cashew farmer and Temidayo were abducted on Easter Monday from his farm residence in Aghara at about 11pm. The gunmen shot madam Toyin Onare, a widow who was in the farm as a labourer.

Toyin was rushed to hospital in Kabba, headquarter of the LGA, about 35 minutes drive away. Unfortunately, she was confirmed dead on arrival.


There were concerns about the monarch’s chances of survival as he was said to be on medication for age related diseases aside the trauma and rough treatment he received from the gunmen. Kogi police command confirmed the attack

The gunmen made contact the following day, demanding for N60,000,000 ransom. The late chief allegedly said the gunmen fed them with roasted yam.

Contacted, the public relations officer of Kogi state police command, SP William Aya said that he is not aware of the death of the farmer but promised to find out and get back to our Correspondent.

He has however not done so as at the time of filling this report.


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