A director in the Ekiti civil service, Mr. Olaniyi Ibidunmoye, was reportedly kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Ibillo, Edo State on Wednesday and his captors are demanding a ransom of N20 million from his family.
Ibidunmoye, who is a director in the Office of Ekiti State Surveyor General, is also a pastor in Agape Christian Ministries.
The situation has heightened fears among civil servants in the state as no one is sure of his safety in the hands of his captors, four days after he was seized
It was gathered that the victim who was travelling in his Lexus jeep from a pastoral meeting of his church in Abuja was allegedly waylaid by kidnappers and taken to an unknown destination since Wednesday.
But the jeep was later abandoned and was taken away in another vehicle while the jeep, a source close to the family disclosed, is now with Ibillo Police Station in Edo State.
Landlords of Egbewa (GRA) Road 11, Ado Ekiti through their Community Association has written a letter of appeal to the Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Chafe, calling on him to assist in freeing Ibidunmoye from the kidnappers.
According to a letter dated 9th March, 2017 signed by the Chairman, Chief Remi Olowoloba and member, Prince Tunji Ogunlola, they urged security agencies to collaborate with their counterparts in Edo and other neighboring states to ensure
that Ibidunmoye is rescued alive.
The letter which was also copied to the Department of State Services (DSS), Ekiti State Command, described Ibidunmoye as a responsible and law-abiding citizen hence everything humanly possible should be done to help him regain his freedom.
A family source said: "He was kidnapped on Wednesday and they have established contact with the family demanding a ransom of N20 million.
"The family has been going through emotional trauma and psychological torture since his abduction. The wife has been traumatized and disconsolate because the shock has been unbearable.
"We are pleading with his captors to release him unconditionally and allow him to reunite with his family; he is a civil servant and a man of God. We want to beg them to release him for the sake of the wife and children bearing the brunt of the shock.
"There is no way a salary earner can get N20 million in this era when government is
owing arrears of salaries.
"We have reported to the relevant security agencies and they are working on clues to help our brother regain his freedom."
Our correspondent could not reach the Police spokesman, Alberto Adeyemi, as his phone was switched off yesterday. He did not also react to text message sent to him