The kidnappers of a retired man named Mr. Israel Bamisaye on Thursday called his family and demanded N40 million in ransom to release him.
The retired Ekiti Ministry of Health Chief Pharmacist was abducted by the gunmen on his farm in Orin Ekiti on Wednesday.
NewsReport gathered that the incident took place on his farm land, which is situated between Ero Dam and the Ekiti State Farm Settlement in Orin Ekiti, in the state’s Ido-Osi local government area.
The occurrence had raised anxiety and fear among the populace, who began to question their own safety.
A source close to the victim’s family confided in journalists in Ado Ekiti that the gunmen contacted his relatives on Thursday morning, demanding for the ransom before they could release him.
According to the source, “Yes, I can confirm to you that the family received a call at about 10am from the kidnappers, first to demand N50million but after so much persuasion and pleading, they reduced it to N40million as of Thursday morning and they are threatening to kill the victim if the money is not paid.
“Everyone is confused in the community at the moment because of the activities of the gunmen in the farm settlement. How will the family raise N40million to pay them now? This is a serious issue.”
But when contacted, the Corps Commandant, Ekiti State Amotekun Corps, denied the knowledge of ransom demand by the kidnappers, saying that men of the Corps and other security agencies were on the trail of the gunmen in a bid to rescue the victim unhurt.