Family Cries Out Over Whereabout of Businessman Allegedly Arrested by Military Personnel
The Family of a businessman in Oyo town, Alhaji Azeez Maruf Akintunde, allegedly arrested by military personnel has cried out over his whereabouts, demanding his release.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that Akintunde was allegedly arrested by Operation Burst personnel on Thursday in his residence at Alhaja Sara Street, Cele, in Oyo town at about 6.00 am and talking to an unknown destination.
NAN reports that Operation Burst is a security outfit set up by the Oyo State Government consisting of personnel of the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to tackle crimes in the state
Speaking to NAN on Tuesday in Ibadan, one of Akintunde’s sons, Mr. Akbar Azeez, said that his father was allegedly taken away on Thursday by Operation Burst personnel in Army uniform and in mufti.
“My father was putting on a towel when Operation Burst personnel came to arrest him in his house at about 6.15 a.m on Thursday and we the family have to beg them before they allow him to put on his cloth.
“Some of the personnel that came for the arrest wore Army uniform while some are in mufti, my father challenges them to produce arrest warrant but they were unable to produce it.
”They later took him away without telling us his offense, if at all he commit any offense they should let us know and let us know his whereabouts.
“He was, first of all, taken to Operation Burst Office in Oyo town and a few minutes later he was blindfolded and taken out of operation burst office to an unknown location.
”Since then we have not heard from him or the Army of his whereabout and offense,” Akbar said.
He said that his father was a hypertensive patient and his health condition might worsen if not allowed to take his drug regularly or eat his prescribed type of food.
Akbar said that they have been to 2 Division Nigerian Army Headquarters, Ibadan, Mokola Police station, and other police stations in the state and they were told that he was not in their custody.
Also speaking, Adebayo Azeez, another son, said the Army that came to arrest his father came with a Gulf car and three military vehicles with the inscription “Operation Burst” and led by Maj.Idris Moses from Ibadan office.
He said that the armed personnel numbering about 50 also came back around 11.00 p.m on that Thursday with their father to pick up his phone and since then the family doesn’t know his whereabouts.
“We have been to Operation Burst office in Oyo town and what they told us was that they don’t know his whereabouts and that they only received signal from Abuja to provide logistics for the arrest.
“We appeal to Operation to tell us the whereabouts of our father, we don’t know is an allegation or his whereabouts since the arrest, they should please release him,” he said.
An official of Operation Burst in Oyo State, who preferred not to be named, said Akintunde was not in their custody and not aware of the arrest.
The source said that if truly Akintunde was arrested by Operation Burst personnel in Oyo town he would definitely be transferred to their Ibadan office. (NAN)