Three persons have been abducted in Ekiti State which include twin brothers Taiwo and Kehinde Olowoafara in the last couple of days along Aramoko-Erio-Efon road in Ekiti State.
The route extending to Osun border had become a beehive for criminals in recent time, where there had been reported cases of kidnapping, robbery and killings.
The twin brothers based in Ibadan were kidnapped by suspected herders at Aramoko Ekiti on Sunday.
The third victim is the General Secretary of Christ’s School Alumni Association in Ado Ekiti, Mr. Ayo Oladele, who was reportedly abducted on Saturday.
The policemen, families and friends of the victims are yet to know their locations while efforts were being intensified to ascertain where they are kept.
The abductors, according to a family source, were requesting the sum of N6 million each from the twins, totaling N12 million ransom to regain their freedom, while the Oladele’s family said the kidnappers are demanding the sum of N10 million for him to be released.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ekiti Command, Mr. Caleb Ikechukwu, said the incidents have been reported to the police.
Ikechukwu added that every resource was being deployed by the police to ensure that those that were held hostage are set freed.
“The command was aware of the kidnap incidents along that route. We have deployed all our resources particularly our personnel to be on the trail of these evil doers.
“We are doing our best to ensure we locate them and set them free.
“Our concern is to free them and also arrest these evil men and bring them to justice”.
When asked whether they are working with the victims’ families, the PPRO said :”That is not our concern . Even if the families fail to tell us, we must do our work since the police are aware”, he added.
When the activities of these kidnappers were becoming uncontrollable, soldiers were enlisted last year to comb the expansive forest between Efon and Iwaraja being used as hideout.