Kidnappers of Ekiti Commissioner ask for 30m
By Ogunsona Samuel
Family sources this afternoon have said that kidnappers of Ekiti State Commissioner, Chief Olabode Folorunso have demanded for N30m as condition to free their captive.
The family source told Irohonoodua that the kidnappers called the family on Sunday night and demanded for 30m ransom.
“They called. They asked for 30m. There is no way the family can raise this money. We are also aware that because of COVID 19, it has been difficult for people to feed and even for the entire state Government to survive. We are only pleading that the abductors should please release him”, the source told Irohinoodua on Monday. He said the kidnappers were non Yoruba and appears to speak with Fulani accent.
He said the State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi is deeply concerned about the fate of Chief Olabode and that the Governor is making frantic efforts to ensure his release.
When asked if the callers would accept negotiation, the family source the family has been pleading with the abductors to release him adding that Ekiti Commissioners are not rich people.
“The commissioners live normal lives. Tjeu are not rich people. We are pleading for his release,”he said.
The Commissioner was kidnapped on Sunday between Isan, Dr Fayemi’s home town and Iludun, some five kilometres away from Isan
In a statement on Sunday evening made available to Irohonoodua, Fayemi through the State’s Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation Aare Muyiwa Olumilua said the State security operatives were working round the clock to track down the bandits
He said “the Government of Ekiti State hereby confirms the abduction of the Honorable Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief Folorunso Olabode, by suspected bandits at about 7:00pm on Sunday April 26, 2020 on his way from Ado-Ekiti to his hometown in Iye-Ekiti, Ilejemeje LGA of Ekiti State.”
He said from initial reports, the kidnappers shot one person in his entourage, the driver of the vehicle, a serving Councillor, in the ensuing fracas.
He said the state Government has mandated the security agencies in the State to ensure their prompt and safe release.
He assured residents that adequate measures are ongoing, to maintain the peace and security of the State.
He also promised that all perpetrators of this and any crime will be brought to book.