Kidnappers of ex-Ondo commissioner’s mum demand N50m ransom

Gunmen used to illustrate the story
Gunmen used to illustrate the story

The elderly woman was abducted on Sunday morning by gunmen at her Iyansan country home.

Abductors of Olufunke Olatubora, the octogenarian mother of Remi, the immediate past Commissioner for Education in Ondo State, have demanded N50m ransom before they could set her free.

The elderly woman was abducted on Sunday morning by gunmen at her Iyansan country home in the riverside community of Irele Local Government Area of the state.

A family source said the abductors had started discussing with the family but that the amount they are demanding for is on the high side.

“There is no way we can raise such a huge sum now. We are after the well being of our mother. They should be humane enough to free her,” the source said.

However, the former commissioner, who spoke on telephone with our correspondent on Tuesday, expressed confidence that his mother would regain her freedom soon. He did not comment on whether he had established contacts with the kidnappers or whether they have made any demand as ransom.

“We are believing in God that they will release her soon,” he said.

Mr. Olatubora, a lawyer, was also part of the legal team that defended Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s suit at the just concluded Ondo Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

Witnesses said that the hoodlums, numbering about six, arrived the woman’s residence with a speed boat and went straight to her room while she was still fast asleep around 1:00 a.m. The wailings of the aged woman, the source added, woke up the younger wife of her husband who was also asleep in another room.


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