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Kidnappers free victims after collecting N2.5m, cigarette, milk as ransom

By Ayodele Afolabi, Ado Ekiti
30 October 2021   |   3:02 am
Eight persons who were abducted in Itapaji, Ikole local council area of Ekiti State last Sunday have all regained freedom. A source close to one of the victims told journalists in Ado Ekiti, yesterday...

Sunday Abutu

Eight persons who were abducted in Itapaji, Ikole local council area of Ekiti State last Sunday have all regained freedom. A source close to one of the victims told journalists in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, that the captors collected the sum of N2.5 million, a pack of cigarette and one pack of milk to free the victims from their den.

According to the source, the gunmen had besieged a house located in the town around 9.30pm on that day, shot sporadically in the air and made away with eight occupants of the building.

In a telephone chat with newsmen yesterday, the source said the captives were freed around 10pm last Thursday, adding that they have been reunited with their families.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, ASP Sunday Abutu, confirmed the release of the abductees.

“The eight persons kidnapped at Itapaji in Ikole-Ekiti have all regained their freedom after the concerted efforts of the police, the military, the NSCDC and the Amotekun Corps as well as the families of the victims.

“They have all been debriefed and reunited with their family members,” he said. Abutu said investigations were still ongoing, adding that four suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident.

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