A sum of N20 million has been demanded by kidnappers for the release of a retired United States of America Army officer, Major Jide Ijadare who was kidnapped in Ekiti state.
Unknown gunmen have kidnapped a retired United States of America army officer, Major Jide Ijadare and a yet-to-be identified man at his palm producing factory in Ijan-Ekiti, Gbonyin Council area of Ekiti State.
This new development was confirmed to newsmen by a family source on Wednesday who disclosed that the abductors had contacted one of them and demanded the huge sum as ransom.
“Yes, they contacted one of the family members this morning(Wednesday) and made that demand. Though, the matter had been reported to the police since life was involved and they are also doing their own bit to ensuring that the abductors are released in time” the source said.
Reacting to the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Sunday Abutu said the command was not aware of any ransom being demanded by the kidnappers.
“We are not aware of any ransom being demanded by the abductors. But our men are in the bush combing everywhere to ensure his release. The police Commissioner, Mr Babatunde Mobayo had deployed different units of police operatives in the factory and the surrounding forests,” said Abutu.
“We are assuring the people that the abductees will be released safe and sound and in good health and we appeal to the public to give us useful information that can help our men and other local hunters we are working with.” he added.