- The abductors of an Edo APC chieftain, Deacon Henry Ashofor, have finally named the price for his release
- The gang, according to another party chieftain who spoke with newsmen recently, demanded the sum of N20 million as ransom
- The unnamed chieftain also said that the kidnappers rejected Ashofor's wife's offer of N600,000
The kidnappers of Deacon Henry Ashofor, the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akoko-Edo local government area of Edo have demanded N20 million as his ransom.
Ashofor was allegedly abducted on Saturday, August 1, near Aiyetoro community on Igarra-Ibillo road on his way back from a ceremony.
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Confirming the abductors' demand, another APC chieftain in the area said that the gang called their victim’s wife on Sunday, September 2, adding that Ashofor’s wife begged to pay N600,000 but they rejected the offer.
The Nation reported that Arnold Shadrach, the Akoko-Edo APC Ward 3 chairman, was released the same Saturday after spending days with his captors.
The secretary to the Otaru of Igarra, Elder Folorunsho Dania, said life was no longer safe in the area.
Dania said: “But the police here are handicapped. They have no vehicle, no personnel. What we are saying is that the good work the governor is doing should be complemented by the Federal Government by sending down a military base to Igarra.
“Our economic life has been destroyed; farmers don’t go to farm these days. There is no week we don’t experience these things up to four times.
“The activities of these hoodlums have become so worrisome. They are dare devilled and blood thirsty. Almost on a daily basis, they carry out their heinous crimes. Deacon Ashofor was kidnapped on Saturday on the same route where they carry out their crimes.
“Just last week, a retired head teacher was kidnapped on the same route. Few days back at Okpe Junction, people who were coming from a function were attacked by gunmen. The four tyres of their vehicle were shattered.
"Few months ago, two retired matrons from the General Hospital were kidnapped in Igarra. We have not even recovered from the robbery in which several lives were lost.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent regained their freedom after spending 53 days in the kidnappers’ den.
NAIJ.com gathered that one of the victims, Veronica Ajayi, was released at about 6pm on Saturday, January 6, while the other five were released before 12am on Sunday, January 7.
The superior-general of the convent, Sister Agatha Osarekhoe, confirmed the development. Osarekhoe said that the sisters returned unhurt and were received by the colleagues.
NAIJ.com visits kidnappers' den discovered in Lagos