Kidnappers of Happiness Ajayi, victim of the latest kidnap in Ekiti State, are demanding N10 million as ransom.
This is coming barely 48 hours after he was kidnapped on Christmas day around 6pm at an unmotorable section of Isan-Iludun-Ekiti road in Oye Local Government.
He was making his way to Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, alongside his cousin, Fatile Oluwaseun.
But while Ajayi was unlucky and whisked away to a yet to be ascertained location, Oluwaseun was rescued by the combined forces of the Amotekun Corps, the Police, as well as the local hunters.
A family source who craved confidentiality said the abductors initially demanded N100 million on Saturday, but later reduced it to N10million yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.
His words: “We got a call from the kidnappers asking us to pay N100 million for us to see our brother, but we said we didn’t have that amount and we begged them.
“We saw their call again on Sunday after series of pleading and they reduced it to N10 million. We are confused.”
The Corps Commander of Amotekun in the state, Brig.-Gen. Joe Komolafe, explained he was not aware of the ransom being demanded by the abductors, noting his men had been combing the forests trailing the gunmen.
According to him, two suspects were arrested in the forest in connection with the crime, and that more investigations would be carried out to get at the roots.