Gunmen allegedly kidnap 8 people in Ekiti state, demand N50m as ransom

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Eight people have allegedly been kidnapped by unknown gunmen at Itapaji Ekiti community.

The gunmen who besieged a house located in the town around 9.30pm on Tuesday, October 26, shot sporadically into the air and took away eight victims.

Thereafter, they contacted the family of victims on Wednesday October 27 and demanded a sum of N50 million as ransom.

According to an eyewitness, the attack lasted for over one hour and the owner of the building was preparing for his mother’s burial when the incident occurred.

A source told Daily Trust;

“The kidnappers, seven, came around 9.30pm with guns and surrounded the building. They fired gunshots sporadically.

“As the occupants of the house were coming out, they were grabbed and made to lie face down.

“They were later taken away 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 and demanded a ransom of N50m.”

The state police spokesperson, Sunday Abutu confirmed the incident saying;

“Special police operatives, as well as the JTF, have been deployed in that axis to ensure they rescue the victims and for possible arrest of the culprits.”