Abducted chief, two others regain freedom after paying N4 million ransom
A traditional Chief in Ijan Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Government area of Ekiti State, Emmanuel Obafemi and two other kidnapped cocoa merchants have been freed by their captors after paying a cumulative sum of N4 million as ransom.
The victims were reportedly released along the Ado – Akure road at about 3:00 am on Wednesday and had reunited with their families.
It would be recalled that Obafemi was abducted on his farm located along Ado-Ijan road last Thursday and taken to an unknown location.
On the other hand, the two cocoa merchants, who are residents of a farmstead called Ilupeju-Ijan were picked up on Saturday along Ijan-Ise road.
A family source told in journalists in Ado Ekiti yesterday that Obafemi paid a sum of N2 million before being let off the hook.
“I can confirm to you that Chief Obafemi paid N2m while the two other cocoa merchants paid another N2m making a total of N4m before they were released around 3am today (Wednesday).”
However, Ekiti police spokesman Sunday Abutu, confirmed the release of the abductees, saying they had since rejoined with their families.
“They were released around 3am this morning. They are now with their families safe and sound.
“But let me say that the release was as a result of the hardwork put up by the combined forces of police, Amotekun Corps and local hunters, who combed the forest in search of the abductees,” Abutu said.
“We assure Ekiti residents of their safety always while urging them to always avail us of useful information that can help in safeguarding the lives and property of our citizens.”