The kidnappers of a retired United States Army officer, Major Jide Ijadare, who was abducted at his palm oil factory located along Ijan-Ise EKiti Road have demanded N20 million ransom.
Ijadare and one of his staff were allegedly abducted by gunmen at Ijan Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Tuesday.
A man identified as a contractor with the factory was allegedly shot dead by the kidnappers during the broad day attack.
A member of Ijadare’s family confirmed to journalists via telephone on Wednesday that the abductors had contacted one of them and demanded for N20 million ransom.
The family member said: “Yes, they contacted one of the family members this morning (Wednesday) and demand for the sum.
“Though the matter had been reported to the police since life was involved and they are also doing their own bit to ensure that the abducted are released in time.”
However, the spokesman of the Ekiti State Police Command, Sunday Abutu, said the command was not aware of any ransom being demanded by the abductors.
Abutu said: “We are not aware of any ransom being demanded by the abductors.
“But our men are in the bush combing everywhere to ensure their release.
“The Police Commissioner, Mr. Babatunde Mobayo, had deployed different units of police operatives in the factory and the surrounding forests.
“We are assuring the people that the abductees will be released safe and sound and in good health, but we appeal to the public to give us useful information that can help our men and other local hunters we are working with.”
The retired military man’s abduction came barely 48 hours after the Director, General Administration with the Local Government Service Commission, David Jejelowo, was shot dead by assailants.
Jejelowo was killed at his residence at Igirigiri, Odo Ado area of Ado Ekiti metropolis.