The Ekiti state police command on Friday said the eight people who were abducted last Sunday in itapaji Ekiti Ikole local government area of the State have been released by the abductors.
The Police public relations officer PPRO Sunday Abutu who gave the confirmation in Ado Ekiti,the State capital said:
“The eight persons kidnapped at itapaji in ikole-Ekiti have all regained their freedom after the concerted efforts of the police, the military, the NSCDC and the Amotekun Corps as well as the families of the victims”
It was gathered that the abductors collected a sum of N2.5 million, a pack of cigarrete and one pack of milk to release the victims.
The gunmen, had stormed a house located in the town around 9.30pm on that day, shot sporadically into the air and made away with eight occupants of the building.
The gunshots that lasted for over one hour destabilized people in the community
In a telephone chat with newsmen,a source said the captives were released around 10pm on Thursday and have reunited with their families.
“They have been released on Thursday evening . The kidnappers collected a sum of N2.5m, a pack of cigarette and one pack of milk before they were allowed to regain their freedom”, the source revealed.
The source regretted that the abduction had disrupted the burial being planned by the owner of the building, where the abduction took place as the victims have decided to shelve the idea of throwing a lavish party after the burial slated for Friday, October 29.
The Police Public Relations Officer,Abutu added
” They have all been debriefed and reunited with their family members”.
The PPRO said investigations are still ongoing into the arrest of four suspects in connection with the abduction of the eight persons, saying they will be charged to court soon.