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Gunmen abduct eight people in Ekiti, demand N50 million ransom.

Gunmen on Tuesday kidnapped eight people at Itapaji Ekiti in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State. The incident came barely a week after four persons were kidnapped at Ayebode in the same council area.

The Guardian gathered that the abductors contacted the family early yesterday and demanded N50 million as ransom. An eyewitness told newsmen in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday, that the gunmen had besieged a house located in the town around 9:30p.m., shot sporadically into the air and made away with eight occupants of the building.

The gunshots that lasted for over one hour were said to have terrified residents of the community. The source said the owner of the building was preparing for his mother’s burial when the evil men struck. He said:  “The men numbering seven came with guns and surrounded the building and shot sporadically around 9:30p.m.

“As the occupants of the house were coming out, they were grabbed and made to lie face down. They were later taken into the bush. They were 14 initially, but six of them escaped into the bush. 

“Early today (Wednesday), one of the family members received a call from the abductors who demanded a ransom of N50 million.”
The source identified lack of police stations in Itapaji -Ayebode and Irele-Oke Ako area as responsible for increasing cases of kidnapping, saying the nearest police station is in Ikole Ekiti, which is over 40 minutes drive to the troubled spots.

Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Sunday Abutu, confirmed the incident He said: “The Command is working on that. Already a special police operatives as well as a Joint Task Force (JTF) have been deployed in that area to ensure they rescue the victims and possible arrest of the culprits”.