The abductors of Mr Folorunso Olabode, the Commissioner for Agriculture in Ekiti State, have demanded N30 million as ransom from his family.
Olabode was kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Sunday evening along Isan-Iludun road at Ilejemeje Local Government Area of the state.
A councilor in his car was shot dead, while the commissioner was kidnapped alongside other occupant of the car.
A family source told newsmen in Ado Ekiti yesterday that the kidnappers had called the family and made a huge financial demand before the commissioner could regain his freedom.
“The entire Iye Ekiti is troubled now, we are worried and we have started negotiation with the abductors. We pray they release him sound and safe.
“We don’t want to lose such an illustrious son and we are begging the state Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and all the security apparatuses of government to do all within their powers to rescue him alive”, he said.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday Abutu, said the police was not aware of any negotiation on the demand made by the abductors.
He police and other security agencies were combing the forest being used for hostage taking by the bandits, assuring that every security measures would be put in place to secure Olabode’s release.