Gunmen kidnap 8 in Ekiti, demand N50m ransom

Eight persons were allegedly kidnapped on Tuesday at Itapaji-Ekiti a week after four persons were also reportedly kidnapped at Ayebode-Ekiti in same Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

However,the abductors were said to have contacted the family of the victims on Wednesday and demanded for a sum of N50 million as ransom.

An eyewitness revealed to journalists in Ado-Ekiti,the State capital on Wednesday, that the gunmen, had stormed a house located in the town around 9.30pm, shot sporadically into the air and made away with eight occupants of the building.

The gunshots,it was learnt lasted for over one hour terrified the residents of the community.

The source said the owner of the building was preparing for his mother’s burial and the preparations were said to have been on the top gear when the evil men struck.

“The men numbering seven came around 9.30pm with guns and surrounded the building. They fired gunshots sporadically .

“As the occupants of the house were coming out, they were grabbed and made to lie face down. They were later taken away into the bush. They were 14 initially, but six of them escaped into the bush”.

He added further: “Early today (Wednesday), one of the family members received a call from the abductors and demanded for a ransom of N50m”, he said.

The source added that lack of police stations in Itapaji -Ayebode and Irele-Oke Ako axes was responsible for increasing cases of kidnapping in the area, saying the nearest police station is in Ikole Ekiti, which was over 40 minutes drive to the troubled spots.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Sunday Abutu, confirmed the incident.

Abutu said: “The Command is working on that. Already a special police operatives as well as the JTF have been deployed in that axis to ensure they rescue the victims and for possible arrest of the culprits”.