Oluwasegun Aina, Ado-Ekiti
Suspected kidnappers have placed N60m ransom on abducted prominent petroleum products dealer, Alhaji Suleiman Akinbami.
Akinbami was abducted on Sunday night by four arm-wielding attackers in one of his filling stations along Ado-Ijan-Ikare in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital.
A family source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the kidnappers had contacted the victim’s relatives and demanded N60m for his release.
The source said: ” You know our man was kidnapped on Sunday night in a very dramatic way and very late on Tuesday night, we got a call from them asking us to pay N60 million if we are to see him.
“We pleaded with them to reduce the amount and we are yet to hear from them since then.”
But when contacted, the Ekiti Amotekun Corps commander, Brig. General Joe Komolafe (retd) said he was not aware of the ransom by the abductors, saying his men were trailing the gunmen.
He expressed optimism the victim would soon be rescued by joint security operatives.
According to him:” Let me tell you that our personnel our very much in the bush trailing the kidnappers in a bid to rescue the victim. It is a joint collaborating with police and other security agents to rescue him unhurt.
“We are appealing to the members of the public to volunteer useful information on the criminal elements in their communities because the criminals are human beings and not spirits. Our desk number is 09062970421.
“Once we have credible information to act upon, the job is half done, we are urging our people to know that security is the responsibility of everyone and not that of the security personnel alone.