Ondo LG work­ers’ ab­duc­tors de­mand N50m ran­som

The Punch - - PHOTO NEWS - Peter Dada, Akure

KID­NAP­PERS of two mem­bers of staff of the Akure north Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Ondo State, Mr. Mar­cus Akin­duko and Mr.gabriel Ajayi, have de­manded n50m ran­som for their re­lease.

Some gun­men ab­ducted the two coun­cil of­fi­cials, on Satur­day on Owo-idoani Road in the Ose LGA of the state while re­turn­ing from an oc­ca­sion at Ifira Akoko in the Akoko South East LGA.

It was also gath­ered that the four armed men in­ter­cepted the ve­hi­cle that con­veyed the vic­tims and three other coun­cil work­ers.

The hood­lums re­port­edly forced them to alight from the ve­hi­cle.

While the gun­men took Akin­duko and Ajayi into their cus­tody, they left three other oc­cu­pants of the ve­hi­cle to go home and source for funds to pay the ran­som for the vic­tims.

How­ever, a fam­ily source dis­closed that the kid­nap­pers had con­tacted the fam­ily and were de­mand­ing a sum of n50m be­fore the vic­tims could be freed.

“It is a huge sum and the fam­ily can­not raise the money,” he added.

The state Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Mr. Femi Joseph, said the com­mand was work­ing to­wards en­sur­ing the re­lease of the vic­tims.

He said, “We are still work­ing on it, we are get­ting some in­for­ma­tion that is use­ful to us on the mat­ter and we are work­ing on the in­for­ma­tion. I can as­sure you that we will get them re­leased.”

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, the state chap­ter of the na­tional Union of Road Trans­port Work­ers was still sourc­ing n5m de­manded by the ab­duc­tors of its sec­re­tary, Mr. Kay­ode Ag­beyangi, who was kid­napped along Akure/ Ilesa Road in Osun State on Satur­day.

Ag­beyangi was re­port­edly kid­napped on his way to La­gos State to meet mem­bers of his fam­ily.

The union said on Mon­day that the vic­tim’s fam­ily had yet to raise the ran­som.

The Chair­man of the union in the state, Mr. Ja­cob Adebo, who con­firmed the in­ci­dent said, the Ag­be­tangi was kid­napped on the ex­press­way in the Ilesa area.

“He was kid­napped when he was trav­el­ling to La­gos and the kid­nap­pers have called the fam­ily. They said the fam­ily should give them n5m be­fore he could be re­leased and there is no way we can get n5m,” Adebo said.

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