By Nkasi Kolie
Gunmen, suspected to be bandits, again abducted two men on Christmas day in Ijan-Ekiti, Gbonyino Local Government Area, of Ekiti State.
The two victims who were on a motorbike were said to have been kidnapped on Saturday around 5:30 pm.
One of the victims, simply identified as Ajankoro, a Cocoa merchant, and the motorcyclist conveying him were said to be on their way from Ilupeju-Ijan to Ijan-Ekiti when they were accosted by the bandits who kidnapped them and whisked them away to an unknown destination.
ASP Sunday Abutu, the Ekiti Police command Spokesperson, when contacted, said he has not been briefed of the development.
He promised to speak to the press once he confirmed the report.
In a related development, some suspected gunmen who kidnapped a traditional chief in Ijan-Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Thursday, have demanded the sum of N20 million to free their victim.
It was gathered that the incident is coming barely 72 hours the victim and a traditional chief, Emmanuel Obafemi, the Odolofin of Ijan-Ekiti, were kidnapped.
A family source, who preferred anonymity, said the kidnappers called on Friday night and demanded the amount before they could release the victim.
“They have called to ask for this huge amount of money before they can set him free, the amount is so exorbitant, and we don’t know how to source the fund.
“We only pleaded for his safe release from their den. It’s still a sad Christmas for us, as the bread winner of our family has been taken to unknown destination and his whereabout cannot be ascertained,” the source said.
When contacted on the development, the Commandant of Amotekun Corps in Ekiti State, Brig.-Gen. Joe Komolafe (rtd), said he was not aware of the ransom being demanded by the abductors.
He said his men are working round the clock to ensure that the victim is release unhurt.
“I’m not aware of ransom demanded by the bandits, all I know is that our men have been deployed to the areas where we suspected the gunmen might have used as their hideout,” he said.
Komolafe advised residents of the community to volunteer timely and useful information that can lead to the arrest of the bandits.
[26/12, 8:06 pm] SECURITY FRANK OSHANUGOR: Rochas Okorocha’s Inlaw Arrested, Not Kidnapped Says Imo Police Command
By Frank Oshanugor
The authorities of Imo State Police Command on Sunday debunked the story making the rounds about purported kidnap of Chief Uche Nwosu, a son in-law to former Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
The Command’s spokesman CSP Michael Abattam in a statement said “this is to inform the general public that Chief Uche Nwosu was not kidnapped but was arrested by the police and Imo state police command is aware of the arrest and presently he is in police custody.”
“This is to refute the earlier news that has being making rounds on social media that he was kidnapped by unknown persons /gunmen.”
“The Commissioner of Police while using this medium to assure Imolites of the command’s commitment in ensuring the safety of life and prosperity this yuletide seasons , advised the general public to always shun fake news.”