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By: Oluwatosin Adesola
It was a joyful moment today when four kidnapped timber dealers along Ikakumo road in Ondo state and Akoko Edo local government of Edo stateregained their freedom from the den of the captors.
The timber dealers were kidnapped and only released this morning after payment of undisclosed amount of money as ransom to the kidnappers, but a source said N3million was paid.
One of them, Samuel Obadofin, an Akunnu Akoko northeast local government area-based timber dealer confirmed that they paid ransom before they were set free by the gunmen.
in company of 3 others were kidnapped and only released this morning after the payment of undisclosed amount of money as ransom to the kidnappers.
The three other victims released are from Arigidi Akoko and Ikare Akoko who were doing timber business together.
It will be recalled that two footballers were also kidnapped along Owo-Benin road while two other travellers were kidnapped in Ore and Akoko roads.
FOOTBALLERS’ KIDNAPPERS DEMAND N20MILLION RANSOM
The kidnappers of players of the duo Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side,Eyimba of Aba, and Abia Comets players have demanded N20 millions for the the release of the players.
Report says that Dayo Ojo of Eyimba and Benjamin Iluyomade of Abia Comets were both kidnapped on Sunday after teams had gone on vacation due to Covid-19 virus incident.
The duo, who were former players of the Sunshine Stars FC of Akure, were kidnapped at Ipele town on Benin-Akure Expressway in Owo Local Government Area of the state.
According to family source who does not want his name mentioned told newsmen that the kidnappers have made contact some hours after the abduction to demand N100 million on Sunday.
He later revealed that they had reduced their demand to N20 million on Monday (today), which they were still begging and hoping they would still reduce.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, who confirmed the incident, said the Police were already on the trail of the hoodlums.