Gunmen have kidnapped the Osun State Permanent Secretary for Finance, Mrs. Adebimpe Ogunlumade and two other officials in Kogi State while on their way from Abuja.
Others kidnapped are: the Director, State Audit, Mr. Tajudeen Badejoko, and the Driver, Mr. Oladapo Ajani Arogundade.
They were kidnapped in Lokoja, Kogi State, on Friday afternoon and their whereabouts is still unknown.
Osun State Head of Service, Mr. Mr. Sunday Olayinka Owoeye, in a statement, confirmed the kidnap of the three officials, describing the kidnap as unfortunate.
“The State government of Osun wishes to alert the public on the unfortunate kidnap of three of its officials today Friday April 22, 2016 in Kogi State.
“The kidnapped officials are the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Adebimpe Ogunlumade; Director, State Audit, Mr. Tajudeen Badejoko, and the Driver, Mr. Oladapo Ajani Arogundade.
“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,” he said in the statement.
He explained that 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 Head of Service added that the government had alerted all necessary security agencies nationwide in general and Kogi State in particular towards safe release of the three abducted officials, while appealing to all Nigerians for information that could lead to their immediate release.


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