The kidnappers of a successful farmer at Iyemero Ekiti in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Alhaji Jimoh Olodan, have demanded N30 million ransom for his release.
Alhaji Olodan was whisked away when gunmen suspected to be herdsmen on Friday night invaded Elegure farm settlement, which was few kilometres to Iyemero-Ekiti.
A community source, who confided in newsmen, on Sunday disclosed the dare-devil kidnappers had contacted the Olodan’s family and demanded N30m as his release clause.
He said: “The people who kidnapped Alhaji Olodan had contacted the family asking for money that has caused a serious problem for the victim’s relations.
“They were asking for a sum of N30m, which the family found to be too outrageous and they were not comfortable with such demand.
“The family and the entire town are very cautious of the safety of the man, because of his role in the community. He is a successful farmer and one of those people are looking up to.
“They are running around to be able to raise sum money so that the man can be freed. The negotiation is still on with the abductors”.
When contacted, the Ekiti Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, said the Command was not aware of the latest development.
“We are not aware that they had contacted the family and asked for ransom. But I know that our men are combing the surrounding bushes in collaboration with local hunters and Amotekun corps,” Abutu said.