Suspected kidnappers who were reported to have abducted a commercial driver, Felix Akinde, in Ondo State on Tuesday have demanded for N5 million ransom.
It was gathered that the abductors contacted Akinde’s family on Thursday via telephone.
Recall that the driver, a member of the National Union of Road Transport Worker, NURTW, Ekiti State branch, who was kidnapped on the Akure-Ikere road was waylaid by his abductors at a bad portion of a road close to the NYSC farm in Iju/Ita-Ogbolu in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo state.
The victim was driving alone from Ado-Ekiti in his Toyota Privia Space commercial vehicle when the incident occurred.
Confirming that the kidnappers have established contact with the driver’s family, a source within the family, who pleaded anonymity, stated that the abductors are demanding for N5 million naira ransom before they will set the driver free from their den.
“The kidnappers contacted us, and they are demanding for a ransom of five million naira before they would release him.
“They said that he (driver) is in the bush with them and would only free him when we are ready to cooperate on the ransom.
“They actually spoke with us using two different telephone lines demanding to know how much we have been able to raise.
“Although, the have family have met with his friends in the NURTW to help us out in raising this money.
“The 5 million naira is just too much for us, and I don’t know where they want us to see such huge fund but we are still begging them.”
Meanwhile, men of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the 32 Artilery Brigade of the Nigeria Army, Akure along with other sister security agencies have launched manhunt for the abductors within the forest of the axis where the incident reportedly occured.