Gunmen on Tuesday night released eight kidnapped victims at a forest at Ikun Ekiti in the Moba Council Area of Ekiti State after receiving ransom from their relatives.
They comprised of a wife and daughter of a man who was shot dead in his car by kidnappers along Ayetoro – Ewu Ekiti Road on Friday. After the kidnap of the man’s wife and daughter on Friday, the gunmen contacted the family and demanded N50million ransom. The six others include a pastor, his wife and four other women who were abducted on Saturday morning allegedly at Otun Ekiti in the Moba Council Area on their way to Offa and Ilorin areas of Kwara State.
According to a source, four abductees whose relatives had not paid their ransom were still with the kidnappers, adding that the pastor and his wife had gone to unite with their families, while the remaining six were receiving medical attention at a hospital in Ekiti State.
“The two kidnapped guests have regained their freedom. They were freed on Tuesday night in the forest at Ikun Ekiti. The release was after we had paid ransom. I will not disclose the amount paid to the gunmen for security reasons, but we paid,” a source disclosed.
Another source said, “The kidnappers are young Fulani men dressed in black pullover and black fez cap. They are armed with AK47. One of them even threatened saying ‘if you move further, I will waste you’.
“The four of them that I saw are below the age of 30, pointing their guns at us. They did not count the money, they only asked me to confirm that it was complete. We dropped the money at about 2pm, but they released the two guests alongside six others at about 8pm,” he said.
While confirming the release of the kidnapped victims, the Police Public relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Sunday Abutu, said, “Yes, they have been released. All those kidnapped around that time have been released.”
Abutu, who said he was not aware of any ransom paid, said, “It was the combined efforts of the police and Amotekun Corps who combed the bush and put the people under pressure which culminated in their release.”