CRIME IN EKITI: Kidnappers Abduct Lawyer, 9 Others
There was apprehension in Ekiti State on Monday after 10 people were abducted at gun point by some bandits suspected to be kidnappers.
Among those kidnapped is a popular lawyer in the state, Adeola Adebayo.
Adebayo is the Secretary of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ikole -Ekiti branch.
Adebayo and the other nine people were kidnapped by suspected Fulani at the Iwaraja – Efon axis of the state.
The kidnappers were said to have attacked around three in the afternoon on Sunday and had shot sporadically as they took their victims away.
Luck, however, ran out for the kidnappers as a police patrol on duty engaged them in a shoot out which led them to shed the number of their victims as they ran.
According to sources, the unrelenting police pursuit and engagement of the bandits led to the release of nine of their victims, and eventually went away with one.
The one they took away was Adebayo.
The lawyer and the family were said to have been travelling from Osogbo back to Ekiti when they were attacked.
The lawyer’s father, a lawyer and Lecturer at Ekiti State University (EKSU), his mother, sister and wife were released, while he is the only person in their captivity.
According to a statement by his family, the gunmen numbering 10 had demanded the sum of N100 million ransom.
Confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the Ekiti Police Command, Caleb Ikechukwu, said a total of 10 people were abducted, saying “but upon the efforts of the officers and men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS), Police Mobile Squad and the DPO of the area, nine of the victims were freed.”
Ikechukwu added that “we’ve been able to establish a link through the number the abductors were using the call the family but we cannot release details now so as not to endanger the life of the man in captivity.”
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