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Kidnappers demand N22m as twins, others abducted in Ekiti

Priscilla Ofunre, Ado-Ekiti

Three persons were said to have been kidnapped some days ago along Aramoko-Erio-Efon road in Ekiti State.

The route which has become a den for criminals in recent times, extends to border with Osun State where there had been reported cases of kidnapping, robbery and killings.

Among the abductees were an Ibadan-based twins, Taiwo and Kehinde Olowoafara, who were kidnapped by suspected herders at Aramoko-Ekiti, on Sunday.

Another victim and General Secretary of Christ’s School Alumni Association, Ado-Ekiti, Mr. Ayo Oladele, was reportedly abducted, on Saturday .

Policemen, families and friends of the victims were yet to know their locations while efforts were being intensified to ascertain where they were kept.

The abductors, according to a family source, were requesting a sum of N6 million each from the twins, totaling N12 million ransom  to regain their freedom.

According to Oladele’s family, the kidnappers are demanding a sum of N10 million for him to be let off the hook.

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Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State Command, Mr. Caleb Ikechukwu, said the incidents had been reported to the police.

Ikechukwu added that every resource was being deployed by the police to ensure that those that were held hostage are set freed.

“The command was aware of the kidnap incidents along that route. We have deployed all our resources particularly our personnel to be on the trail of these evil doers.

“We are doing our best to ensure we locate them and set them free.

“Our concern is to free them and also arrest these evil men and bring them to justice.”

When asked whether they were working in tandem with the victims’ families, the PPRO said :”That is not our concern . Even if the families fail to tell us, we must do our work since the police were aware”, he added.

When the activities of these kidnappers were becoming uncontrollable, soldiers were enlisted last year to comb the expansive forest between Efon and Iwaraja being used as hideout.