Abductors kidnap eight residents preparing for burial, demand N50m in Ekiti.

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Some kidnappers struck again in the Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Tuesday night kidnapping no fewer than eight residents at Itapaji Ekiti.

The abductors were said to have contacted the family of the victims on Wednesday morning, according to sources, and demanded N50 million ransom.

On Wednesday information gathered has it that the gunmen, at about 9.30pm, invaded a house where the houseowner was preparing for the burial of his mother, shot sporadically into the air and made away with eight persons.

“The men numbering seven came around 9.30pm with guns and surrounded the building. They fired gunshots sporadically,” a resident told journalists.

He said the absence of police in Itapaji, Ayebode, Irele and Oke Ako, emboldened the gunmen to operate without resistance, adding that the nearest police station is in Ikole Ekiti, which is over 40 minutes’ drive to the troubled spots.

When contacted for confirmation, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Sunday Abutu, confirmed the incident, saying, “The command is working on that it. Already, special police operatives as well as the Joint Task Force have been deployed in that axis to ensure they rescue the victims and for possible arrest of the culprits.

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