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Kidnappers demand N55m to free LG staff, NURTW scribe



Kidnappers demand N55m to free LG staff, NURTW scribe

Barely 24 hours after the Secretary of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) of Ondo State was kidnapped, two staff of Akure North Local Government Area, Marcus Akinduko and Gabriel Ajayi, were abducted at the weekend. The local government staff were kidnapped on Owo/Ido- Ani Road in Ose Local Government Area.

The victims and three other staff of the local government were coming from a funeral ceremony at Ifira in Akoko South- East Local Government Area when they ran into an ambush by gunmen. A source said yesterday that four armed men intercepted the vehicle in which the local government staff were travelling and forced them to disembark.

The gunmen took Akinduko and Ajayi and left three others to source fund to pay the ransom of the victims. They, however, sized the phone of one of the occupants, Mrs. Fadeke Adeseeke, and used the sim card to contact the families of the victims to pay the ransom. Family sources said the kidnappers had demanded N50 million ransom in order to secure the release the captives.

This development came as the NURTW is sourcing for N5 million to secure the release of the Secretary of the union, Mr. Kayode Agbeyangi, who was kidnapped on Akure-Ilesa Road in Osun State at the weekend. The NURTW secretary was said to have been kidnapped in the early hours of Saturday while travelling to Lagos State to meet members of his family.

It was learnt that Agbeyangi’s vehicle was found on the Akure- Ilesa Expressway in Osun State. It was also learnt that the abductors had contacted the family of the victim, demanding N5 million, but the source said the family was yet to raise the money.

The state NURTW Chairman, Jacob Adebo, popularly called Idajo, who confirmed the incident, said the secretary was kidnapped in Ilesa area. “He was kidnapped when he was travelling to Lagos and the kidnappers have called the family. They said the family should give them N5 million before he could be released.

But there is no way we can get N5 million,” the chairman said. Adebo said the kidnappers insisted that he would not be released until the ransom was paid. He said the union as sourcing for the fund in order to secure the release. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, who confirmed the kidnapping of the two local government workers, said the kidnappers had not contacted the families.

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