The gunmen who killed an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Segun Ayebulu, in Ekiti State and kidnapped his brother and two kids, have demanded N30m ransom to safe the discharge of the victims.
More News Online reported that the gunmen killed Ayebulu along Oke Ako Street, in Ajoni Local Council Development Area of the state on Saturday, September 3.
The deceased’s uncle, Osasona Oduntan, who escaped demise by a whisker through the assault, said the abductors contacted the family on Sunday to demand ransom for their release.
“The three abductees were younger brother of the late NSCDC officer, 5 year-old child of the deceased and 11 year-old child of the slain officer’s elder brother whereas two others in the car escaped,” he stated.
“They called this evening demanding N30m. We heard the voices of the abductees with them. The younger brother of the slain NSCDC officer appealed to us from the abductors den that we must always do something urgently for their release as they have been going by insufferable torture,”
“On our side, the demand is on the excessive aspect, there isn’t any means the family and even communities can increase it, so we’re still negotiating that it needs to be brought down.”
Oduntan had earlier mentioned the incident occurred on the spot where kidnappers had been operating, including that when one of the gunmen jumped onto the highway, the car carrying the victims swerved into the bush.
“Before they knew it, 4 others emerged from the bush and surrounded the automotive. There were six individuals within the automotive, the NSCDC officer was killed, two escaped and three have been whisked away. Those kidnapped are the younger brother of the deceased, and two kids. The three are still in the custody of the gunmen.
“After I obtained information that the officer was killed, we instantly mobilised hunters in the neighborhood, luckily, I noticed a military man and after I informed him what occurred, he mentioned I ought to take him to the army outpost in order that they might mobilise, which I did.
“On my way back, I was riding my bike when I noticed two children in the bush not far-off from the scene, I was attempting to have a correct view when I suddenly noticed an armed man who pointed a gun at me and fired a shot however I escaped,” he stated.
The spokesperson for the Ekamefa communities, comprising six towns in the Ajoni LCDA, Oluwafemi Abayomi, stated the situation had develop into worrisome.
“We can not sleep once more. Before now, they have been destroying our farms and produce, they moved as much as kidnapping and now they’re killing. Now we have been pushed to the wall.”
The Chairman, Ajoni LCDA, Michael Ogungbemi, stated the council had mobilised a security network together with the army to comb the forests in a bid to rescue the victims.
Spokesperson of the NSCDC within the state, Tolu Afolabi, stated the corps had mobilised some males to the neighborhood and as well contacted the commands in Kogi and Kwara states to safe the protected release of those kidnapped victims.