29th July, 2018
The abductors of a former Chairman of Akure North Local Government Area (LGA) of Ondo State, Mr Dele Fagoriola, have demanded a ransom of N10 million for his release.
The suspects made the demand on Sunday, one day after some unidentified persons stormed the farm of the former chairman in Iju along the Akure-Ikere Ekiti Road.
A family source confirmed to reporters that the kidnappers put a phone call through to them, in which they requested for the ransom before they free Fagoriola.
But the Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Mr Femi Joseph, informed journalists that the police were already making progress to apprehend the suspects and secure the release of the politician.
He noted that he would not disclose the level of findings of the police investigations yet because of the intricacies involved in such crimes.
Joseph appealed to the law-abiding residents of the state not to panic, saying the command was committed to ensuring adequate security of their lives and property.
On Saturday, Fagoriola’s elder brother Busuyi told reporters that the former council chairman was on his farm to supervise his labourers when the kidnappers got hold of him and took him away.
He said the abductors, numbering about seven, used masks to cover their faces while perpetrating the act.