Ola ‘Kiya Reporting
ABDUCTORS of the 18 burial guests along Ifon – Benin road in Ondo State have demanded N90 million ransom for their release.
This is just as the Ondo State government, on Monday, reaffirmed its commitment to the security of lives and properties of the people of the state.
The state government confirmed that the abductors of the burial guests are demanding N90m as ransom to secure their release.
The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs Bamide Ademola-Olateju, made the disclosure while briefing journalists.
She said the kidnappers were demanding between N3m and N10m to release each of the victims.
Ademola-Olateju, however, said the state government would not be involved in the ransom negotiation.
She noted that the kidnappers would use the money from the ransom to equip and arm themselves to do more harm.
She said the victims were returning from a burial ceremony in Ewatto, Edo State, when they were attacked at Ifon, a border town with Edo State.
She said 11 people were abducted but two of the victims escaped from the abductors, saying nine people were still in captivity since Saturday evening.
“The victims went for burial at Ewatto town. They were returning in a 32-seater Coastal bus hired from Rufus Giwa Polytechnic when they were attacked by suspected kidnappers.
The kidnappers shot into the air and took 18 of the passengers.
“Those remaining called the Amotekun Corps who got to the scene within 15 minutes.
“Among those in the bush, seven were found and two others escaped.
“Amotekun is working with the police, the DSS and the Nigerian Army to secure the release of the remaining nine victims.
“They are demanding a ransom of between N3m and N10m.
“We commend the gallantry of Amotekun Corps in getting to the scene.
“Ondo State will not be a safe haven for criminals.
“They find this spot convenient because it borders Edo State. They will strike and run back into Edo State,” she lamented.