Abductors of a retired United States of America Army officer, Major Jide Ijadare, have named their price for the release of the retired major.
According to reports reaching Naija News at this time, the unidentified kidnappers has demanded a sum of N20 million as a ransom to release Ijadare.
Naija News reported on Tuesday, September 15 that kidnappers invaded Ijadare’s palm-oil producing factory located along Ijan-Ise road in Ijan Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Government area of Ekiti State, killed one of his staff, whisked him and one other staff away to an unknown location.
Speaking on Ijadare’s freedom, a family source told the newsmen on Wednesday (today) that the abductors had contacted one of them and demanded that they pay N20m as ransom.
He said, “Yes, they contacted one of the family members this morning(Wednesday) and made that demand. Though the matter had been reported to the police since life was involved and they are also doing their own bit to ensuring that the abductors are released in time”.
However, when contacted on the development, spokesperson of the State Police Command, Mr.Sunday Abutu noted that the command was not informed of any ransom being demanded by the kidnappers.
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 his 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 and we appeal to the public to give us useful information that can help our men and other local hunters we are working with,” he added.