Gunmen abduct octogenarian farmer in Ekiti, demand N40m ransom

An octogenarian farmer in Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State, Gabriel Oloro, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen, who are demanding the payment of N40million as ransom.

The father of the former Chairman of Ojodu Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, Julius Oloro, was abducted on January 20 while returning home from his farm and had since been held in an unknown location.

A family source told journalists in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday that Pa Oloro was with his wife and two children when he was seized by the armed men.

“Baba was driving home in his Toyota Camry with his wife and two children around 9.30 p.m when the kidnappers barricaded the road. They dropped the two children and took him away with his wife,” the source said.

“The kidnappers later dropped the wife and returned the vehicle around 2am to the house.

“They later contacted the family and demanded N40m ransom. The ransom has been reduced to N10m.”

The Ekiti Police Public Relations Officer, Alberto Adeyemi, confirmed the incident, saying the police had commenced a search for the kidnappers.

He assured that no effort would be spared to secure the victim’s release soon.

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