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How Mother of a Federal Legislator Was Kidnapped in Ogun

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Huhuonline.com can understands that Alhaja Obedatu Abudu-Balogun, mother of a member of the House of Representatives, Abiodun Abudu Balogun, who was allegedly kidnapped at Ita-Otu in Ijebu, Ogun state by unidentified gunmen on Monday night, is

yet to regain freedom from her abductors.
  Meanwhile, the unfortunate and traumatic incident has remained a major source of worry for the lawmaker's family.

  Alhaja Obedatu Abudu-Balogun, a community leader, had just finished eating at about 9.30 pm that Monday and was relaxing when the fierce-looking armed men stormed her residence and forcefully took her away to an unknown destination.

  A family source said she was not the only one at home that day, but she was unfortunately sitting alone with those around the house busy carrying out chores.

  "These guys, six of them, were heavily armed and when they entered the compound, some stood at the entrance while three entered. We all scampered when we saw them and their looks and the guns in their hands. That was how they just grabbed mama and dragged her into their car that was parked outside," one of the lawmaker's cousins told Huhuonline this morning.

Asked if they documented the particulars of the vehicle, he said none of those in the House could do anything as some were hiding while others were ordered to "face the ground. Moreover it was dark. So there was nothing we could do about the situation.

"Since the incident occurred, the lawmaker has been in town trying his hands on what he could do to bring back mama, but the kidnappers are not even communicating with any of us.

"Our fear is that they should not harm that woman because she is the unifying factor in the extended family."

Family sources reveal that there has been no communication between the abductors of the woman and the victim's family members, including the lawmaker, who represents Ijebu North, Ijebu East and Ogun Waterside Federal Constituency.

Ironically, the lawmaker, an Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) member, is the Deputy Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Internal Security.

Asked if the police was assisting the family, another family source disclosed that the lawmaker had not reported officially to the police.

"People don't trust the police and I think that is why honourable has not gone to them. You know the kidnappers have not even called and we don't know what is happening."

When contacted, the lawmaker confirmed the incident, adding that the family and town are seriously troubled over the woman's disappearance. He said he was still awaiting a call from the abductors to know what next to do. He did not however confirm if the police authority was aware of the incident.

However, the Ogun state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the command had not been intimated of the incident saying the police was prepared to swing into action once the case was formally reported to the command.