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Those who kidnapped me had people suplying them food and other items in their hideouts, an Akure-based pharmacist, Adeyemi James Omoleminu, has said.

Adeyemi who spoke to newsmen in Akure, said he learnt that the kidnappers had persons who spy on the road looking for big fish plying the route.

He also said the five days experience in the kidnappers den made him to know that indigenous members of the community were part of the kidnappers.

Adeyemi who was abducted near a police checkpoint in Akoko area of Ondo State, was released at Ikakumo area in Edo State after paying the ransom.

He said, “The kidnappers have geographical maps in their hands that guided them on the best routes.

“We were fed garri, cooked yam and rice and they go to inturn to purchase food items and they have suppliers who know their source of trade.

“During our journey through the forest, we saw farmers but we do take alternative routes so they don’t see us. Even herders were seen in the bushes.

“I was returning from Abuja and after passing Kabba, I saw a man who was in Military camouflage at a spot in Akoko area of Ondo State. He was armed and stopped me. I tried to reverse but five others came out from behind. I was burgled out of my car.

They also used a machete on me. They ransacked my car and took everything inside. The police checkpoint was not far from there. Three of my abductors were in Army uniform. Others wore other uniforms. I was marched into the forest.

“I decided to speak out for awareness. It was worrisome I was kidnapped at a police checkpoint. The kidnappers made attempt to know my worth. Two of my friends were kidnapped in that same area in 2017 and 2019.

“Security around Akoko area in Ondo State is porous. There is no political will to bring it to a halt. As at last week, a friend of mine was kidnapped at that area. They also asked him how much is his car worth.”

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