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OSOGBO — An Ilesha based industrialist, Dr Olayinka Obaleye popularly known as Yinka Oba, was on Tuesday night kidnapped by yet-to-be identified gunmen at the front of her company, killing her driver on the spot.
It was gathered that the septuagenarian woman had finished the day’s work at her company at Ilo, Ijebu-Jesa Road in Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State and was about leaving the premises when some fiercely-looking men of the underworld blocked her vehicle and whisked her away.
The source said the suspected kidnappers in the process of carrying out their dastardly act around 7p.m. were said to have shot and killed Obaleye’s driver whose name could not be ascertained at the time of this report.
Obaleye, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Yinka Oba Foam Nigeria Limited, a family company that deals in production of foams was given a national honour by President Goodluck Jonathan last year.
Meanwhile, investigations showed that upon Obaleye’s abduction, workers at the company had deserted the industry except two security men who were sighted manning the company’s gate.
It could be recalled that a gang of kidnappers had on August 5, last year successfully abducted a popular business mogul, Mr. Idowu Obembe, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nobility Stores in Ilesa, Osun State in a similar circumstance.
But Obeme, popularly known as Nobility, which is the name of his firm that deals with supply of drinks was not lucky as his corpse was found months later in a thick forest suspected to be his kidnappers’ den even when his abductors had collected undisclosed ransom from his family.