Father Of 18 Children Still Missing In Ondo , Months After Kidnap


The whereabouts of 50-year-old Essau Ogunsemore who was kidnapped in his family’s compound in Igbokoda, Ondo State, has remained unknown since last December

The father of 18 children was abducted when he visited his father during the festive

period, by some armed men who invaded the building.

His abduction, as gathered, occurred four months after his father was ordered to vacate the family house, by a relative, with a threat to incur the latter’s wrath if the directive was not heeded.

Briefing journalists on the abduction, yesterday at Sango Otta, gun State,legal practitioner and human rights activist, Chief Mrs. Ajose Kelubia, explained that “sometimes in August 2021, I was briefed of a case of serial robbery ,attempted murder, stealing and kidnapping, which happened in the family house of Aaron Ogunsemore in Igbokoda ,Ondo State and to help intervene to ensure justice was served.

” On December 1, 2021, some thugs led by some relatives,invaded the family house of

Mr. Aaron Ogunsemore at Okoga ,in Igbokoda Ondo state, shooting sporadically into the air, chasing people with cutlasses and axes. They called Mr. Aaron to come out ,threatening to kill him.

“As this was ongoing, Mr. Essau Ogunsemore was shot in the leg and dragged into the bush in the presence of his wife, father, aunt and some villagers by the hoodlums” she said, adding that identities of those that led the hoodlums were known to the community.

The matter according to her was reported at the Igbokoda police station. She however lamented that none of the known suspected perpetrators was arrested, until a petition was written to the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Alagbaon, Lagos, where two of them were arrested

She further lamented that” despite my showing up at the FCID, Alagbon , neither the complainant nor myself as their lawyer was contacted before the suspects were arraigned in Akure, Ondo State.

She added that before the kidnapping of Essau, the Police had arrested two of the suspected leaders of the thugs, for threatening Essau’s father with firearms.

“They were arrested but released in no time. Despite recovering firearms from them

which were taken as exhibits, the police released them saying it was on the order of the

Deputy Governor of Ondo State. How true this is, I do not know as the same was not verified”

She further informed that three of the suspected leaders of the invasion that led to Esau’s abduction were arraigned on September 29,2022 “with the charge number: MAK/HC/406C/2022 and has been duplicated to the D.P.P’S office with file No MAC NC-406-2022.

“We hereby seek justice for the Ogunsemores from the Ondo State Government” she added.

Father of the abducted man, Mr. Aaron Ogunsemore, told Vanguard, that the family

compound in dispute belongs to him, being the eldest son of Ogunsemore He stated that Essau’s kidnap could not be unconnected with the dispute over the compound, noting that,

“since his kidnap in December 1, 2021, no ransom has been demanded


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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