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Kidnapped Ekiti oil dealer: Don’t negotiate with kidnappers, Amotekun warns family

Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti

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Following a rumour of negotiation between the family of kidnapped popular petrol dealer in Ekiti State, Alhaji Suleiman Akinbami and his abductors the Amotekun Corps Commander, in Ekit State Brig. Gen Joe Komolafe (rtd) has warned the family to desist from making any negotiation with the kidnappers.
Akomolafe said though he was not aware of any ransom being demanded by the abductors, his men were working round the clock and trailing the gunmen.
The Amotekun commander who expressed optimism that the victim would soon be rescued with the collaboration of his men, the police and vigilante in the state.
It would be recalled that the abductors had contacted the family of the septuagenarian barely 72-hour he was abducted and demanded for N60 million to secure his release.
Family sources who hinted newsmen in Ado-Ekiti said the kidnappers had put a call to his telephone line demanding such a huge amount.
According to the source, ” You know our man was kidnapped on Sunday night in a very dramatic way and very late on Tuesday night, we got a call from them asking us to pay N60 million if we are to see him.
” We pleaded with them to reduce the ransom and we are yet to hear from them since then. We urged Nigerian to join the family in praying for the safe release of the old man”
The Amotekun Commander urged residents of the state to volunteer timely and useful information on activities of the criminals in their domains.
According to him, ” Let me tell you that our personnel are very much in the bush trailing the kidnappers in a bid to rescue the victim. It is a joint collaborating with police and other security agents to rescue him unhurt.
” We are appealing to the members of the public to volunteer useful information on the criminal elements in their communities, because the criminals are human beings and not spirits. Our desk number is 09062970421.
” Once we have credible information to act upon, the job is half done, we are urging our people to know that security is the responsibility of everyone and not that of the security personnel alone.”

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