The kidnappers of United States of America retired Army officer, Major Jide Ijadare, have contacted his family and demanded N20 million as ransom.
It would be recalled that the Major was abducted alongside one of his worker by gunmen on Tuesday, September 15, around 2:05 pm at his palm-oil producing factory located along Ijan-Ise road in Ijan Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Government area of Ekiti State. During the attack a man identified as a contractor with the factory was reportedly killed.
A family source who confirmed the ransom demand to journalists on Wednesday, said that the abductors had contacted one of them and demanded N20 million ransom.
“Yes, they contacted one of the family members this morning (Wednesday) and made that demand. Though, the matter had been reported to the police since life was involved and they are also doing their own bit to ensuring that the abductors are released in time” the source said.
However, Ekiti State Police Command spokesperson, Mr.Sunday Abutu, said the command was not aware of any ransom being demanded by the kidnappers.
“We are not aware of any ransom being demanded by the abductors. But our men are in the bush combing everywhere to ensure his release. The police Commissioner, Mr Babatunde Mobayo had deployed different units of police operatives in the factory and the surrounding forests.
“We are assuring the people that the abductees will be released safe and sound and in good health and we appeal to the public to give us useful information that can help our men and other local hunters we are working with.” he added.