The kidnappers of a classroom teacher in Ekiti State, Mr. Festus Olatunde Oke, have demanded a N20m ransom for his release.
It was learnt that the victim’s family members were contacted on Wednesday, two days after he was kidnapped along Ise-Ikere road as he returned from work.
The Secretary of Nigeria Union of Teachers in Ekiti State, Mr. Olugbenga Ajibade, confirmed that the family had been contacted.
He said, “We in the NUT are also in contact with the family. We have also learnt that the kidnappers demanded a ransom of N20m and we have been confused since the development.
“We are at our wit’s end because we don’t even know how to come about that huge amount of money. We don’t even know how a teacher is expected to raise N20m.”
Ajibade appealed to the kidnappers to have mercy on the teacher who he said was contributing his best to impart knowledge on the society.
He also urged the state government and security agencies; the Directorate of State Services, the Police, and the Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps to come the aide of the grieving family.
Oke had visited Ado Ekiti from his station and was returning with his wife and mother, when the gunmen intercepted them.
A source said the kidnappers collected the phones of his wife and mother and abandoned them in his Toyota Camry car in which they were travelling, before leading Oke into the bush.