The abductors who kidnapped the Commissioner for Agriculture in Ekiti State, Mr Folorunso Olabode, have contacted his family and requested for N30 million ransom.
Recall that Olabode was kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Sunday, April 26, along Isan-Iludun road at Ilejemeje local government area.
In the same tragic incident, a councilor, Olatinji Omotosho, was shot dead.
The abducted commissioner was said to have been travelling from Ado-Ekiti to his hometown when his vehicle was ambushed at a bad spot along the road.
A family source told newsmen in Ado- Ekiti earlier today that the kidnappers have called to demand N30 million before the commissioner can be released.
The family source said:
“The entire Iye-Ekiti is troubled now, we are worried and we have started negotiation with the abductors. We pray they release him safe and sound.
“We don’t want to lose such an illustrious son and we are begging the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and all the security agencies of government to do all within their powers to rescue him alive.”
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday Abutu, said the police and other security agencies are invading forests where bandits keep their victims hostage.
Mr Sunday Abutu also stressed that the police were not aware of any negotiation on the demand made by the abductors.
The Police Public Relations Officer assured the family that every security measures would be put in place to secure Olabode’s release.
“We are not aware that the bandits are requesting for any ransom, we have not been told. The police have begun serious security checks in that axis and that might be responsible for why the people said the road had been closed.
“We only took strict security measures,” Abutu said.