A 40-year-old farmer, Akinola Akinnibinu, was reportedly slain on his farm at Oko Oparun Village in Ondo East Local Government Area of Ondo State by several suspected kidnappers.
The accused bandits allegedly executed the victim after the farmer’s wife failed to pay the abductors’ ransom of N700,000 requested.
According to a source who talked to The Punch, the victim went to his cocoa plantation to harvest on the fateful day, and he called his wife, Mrs Akinnbinu, and directed her to pick N700,000 from a POS machine and bring it to the field.
“The thieves later called the victim’s wife to send the money to the account number they gave her,” the source stated.
“Because she was afraid, the wife summoned the Amotekun Corps and other locals to accompany her. However, when they arrived to the murder scene, they did not encounter the kidnappers or the spouse.”
His lifeless body was discovered on the fourth day splashed with a liquid presumed to be acid inside the farm.
Mrs Akinnbinu described the incident, saying her husband was kidnapped and slain over a ransom dispute.
“My husband left the house in the morning for his farm; he later contacted me to collect money from the POS near our house,” she explained. When I asked him what he planned to do with the money, he said I should bring it and he’d tell me when I got to the property.
“Later, several men used my husband’s number to call me to send the money to an Opay account, they called again that they did not see the money and I informed them that I have paid it.
“They requested me to come to the farm, because of that, I was scared and I warned Amotekun and other locals. They called as I was leaving with others and explained that since I had alerted people, that ‘I will see’. “On getting to the place, I did not see them and we left, not until yesterday when villagers called that they saw dead body that was covered with bamboo leaves and there was chemical all over the body. It was my husband’s body.” Confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami said investigation has commenced into the matter. “It happened some days ago and we have commenced investigation into it,” the PPRO stated.