The kidnappers of a businessman in Ekiti State, Happiness Ajayi, have demanded N10m as ransom barely 48 hours after he was kidnap.
Ajayi was abducted on Christmas day around 6pm at a bad spot along Isan-Iludun-Ekiti , Oye local government area of Ekiti while traveling from Ado-Ekiti, the state capital along side his cousin, Fatile Oluwaseun.
While Ajayi was whisked away to unknown destination, his Oluwaseun was rescued by the combined forces of the Amotekun corps, Police and local hunters.
According to a family source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the abductors had earlier demanded for N100 million on Saturday but later reduced it to N10 million on Sunday afternoon.
The source said, ” We got a call from the kidnappers asking us to pay N100 million for us to see our brother but we said we don’t have that amount and we are begging them.
” We saw their call again on Sunday after series of pleading and they reduced it now to N10 million, we are confused.”
When contacted, the corps commander of Amotekun in the state, Brig. Gen. Joe Komolafe said he was not aware of the ransom being demanded by the abductors, saying his men were still in the forest trailing the gunmen.
He revealed that two suspects were arrested in the forest in connection with the crime, noting that further investigation would be carried out.
Komolafe said, ” Since Friday when the incident occurred, my personnel have been in the bush and I can tell you that we are making progress with the arrest of the two persons in the forest.
Let me say I am not aware of any ransom being asked by the gunmen but I can assure you that we will soon rescue the victim unhurt like we rescue his cousin.”
He said the Amotekun corps with police and other local hunters would collaborate to ensure the same return of the victim.