…Abductors demands 40 million ransom
From WOLE BALOGUN, Ado-Ekiti
SOME yet-to-be-identified gunmen have kidnapped the wife of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Mr Ajibola Oyedele, popularly known in the state as 50/50.
Sunday Sun gathered yesterday that Oyedele’s wife was abducted about 8:30pm on Friday at their Omuo Oke community in Ekiti East Local Government Area of the state.
Oyedele, whose mobile telephone was still switched off as at yesterday morning, had explained in a social media post that his wife surrendered to the kidnappers at gunpoint.
He said: “At gunpoint, my wife surrendered the key to our Nissan Ultimate to the kidnappers and they drove her away to an unknown destination. We have not heard anything from her since the incident. All her lines are switched off.”
However, when Sunday Sun was able to speak with him on phone yesterday evening, Oyedele said the kidnappers had demanded a ransom of N40 million.
He said he was able to speak with his wife at 5:45pm on Saturday since she was abducted, stating that the kidnappers had claimed that he was their actual target.
Confirming the development, the Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer, Alberto Adeyemi, said investigations were ongoing to ensure the arrest of the kidnappers and safe return of their victim.
The APC chieftain, who defected to the APC in July this year, was a member of the last Ekiti State House of Assembly and was the only member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the assembly at its denouement.
Oyedele was appointed the Special Assistant on Parliamentary Affairs by Governor Ayodele Fayose, but he resigned from the government on May 31, 2016, citing poor remuneration as his reason.