Kidnappers of Ekiti State commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Folorunso Olabode, have contacted his family and demanded a N30 million ransom before they would free him.
A family source told newsmen in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, that the kidnappers called them and requested for the huge amount, before they would allow the commissioner to go.
The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said: “The entire Iye Ekiti is troubled now, we are worried and we have started negotiation with the abductors. We pray they release him sound and safe.
“We don’t want to lose such an illustrious son and we are begging the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and all the security apparatuses of government to do all within their powers to rescue him alive”.
Olabode was kidnapped on Sunday evening, along Isan-Iludun road, by unknown gunmen who shot dead a ward councillor in his car, while he and the third person in the vehicle were whisked away with their whereabouts still not known.
Also speaking on the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr. Sunday Abutu, said the police and other security networks are combing the forest where such bandits keep their victim and secure Olabode’s release.
Abutu said the police were not aware of any negotiation on the demand made by the abductors, but assured that every security measures would be put in place to secure the commissioner’s release.
The police spokesperson, who dismissed the information that Iludun-Isan Highway has been closed for security reason, said: “We are not aware that the bandits were 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 has been closed. We only took strict security measures,” he said.