"The hoodlums stopped his vehicle on the way, dragged him and his driver out of the vehicle and whisked them away to an unknown destination".

That was how the Permanent Secretary of the Ondo State Hospital Management Board, Dr. Niran Ikuomola and his driver were abducted on Sunday evening.

According to a source, the incident occurred on the Lokoja/Abuja Expressway when the Permanent Secretary was on his way to Abuja for an official assignment.

The Secretary of the Nigerian Medical Association in Ondo State, Dr. Roland Arohunmolase, said one of the kidnappers called the family on the telephone.

He said, “Dr. Ikuomola was abducted yesterday (Sunday) with his driver on the Lokoja -Abuja road while on his way to Abuja for an official function.

“The kidnappers have contacted us this morning (Monday) by demanding for the sum of N70m before he could be released to his family.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ondo State, Femi Joseph, when contacted could not confirm the incident, saying it did not happen in his jurisdiction.

“I’m not yet aware, although, it is outside our jurisdiction but I'm sure some of our colleagues (police) in Kogi State would have taken prompt action on it” Joseph explained.