Ex-US Major, Other’s Abductors Demand N20m
The abductors of a retired United States of America Army officer, Major Jide Ijadare, and one other person at a palm oil factory on Wednesday demanded N20m ransom from his family.
The gunmen, who invaded the factory belonging to the former army officer along Ijan Ekiti-Ise Ekiti Road in Ijan Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Tuesday shot dead a man, and whisked away Ijadare and one other person at the factory.
A member of Ijadare family told journalists on the telephone that the abductors had contacted one of them and demanded N20m for his release.
He said, “They contacted one of us this morning (Wednesday) and made the demand. The matter has been reported to the police since life was involved.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Sunday Abutu, said the command was not aware that any ransom had been demanded by the abductors.
He said, “We are not aware of any ransom, but our men are in the bush combing everywhere to ensure his release. The police Commissoner, Mr. Babatunde Mobayo, has deployed different units of police operatives in the factory and the surrounding forests.”
This was as the Ekiti State Coordinator, National Youths Service Corps, Mrs. Mary Nnenna Chikezie, dismissed reports that it was a corps member that was shot dead.
Chikezie said, “I wish to inform the general public that no corps member is at present serving at the said factory; hence, no corps member was gunned down. It is, therefore, imperative to further place on record that the NYSC scheme places in its priority, the security and welfare of corps members.”
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