By: Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Permanent Secretary of the Ondo State Hospital Management Board, Dr. Niran Ikuomola, has been abducted by unknown gunmen on Abuja high way along side his driver.
The Permanent Secretary was on his way to Abuja for an official assignment when his vehicle was ambushed by the unknown hoodlums.
Dr. Roland Arohunmolase, the Secretary of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Ondo State broke the news to Journalists in Akure, the state capital.
Arohunmolase explained that one of the kidnappers phone in to confirmed the abduction of the Permanent Secretary and his driver in their den.
He said that the abductors have already contacted the family of the victim and demanding the sum of seventy million naira before he would be released.
“Dr. Ikuomola was abducted yesterday (Sunday) with his driver on the Lokoja -Abuja road while on his way to Abuja for an official function.
“The kidnappers have contacted us this morning (Monday) by demanding for the sum of N70 million before he could be released to his family” he said.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Ondo State, Femi Joseph, couldn’t immediately confirmed the abduction to journalists.
Mr. Joseph said since the incident occurred outside the jurisdiction of Ondo state, the police officers in Kogi state would take it up.
“Am not yet aware, although, it is outside our jurisdiction but am sure some of our colleagues (police) in Kogi state would have taken prompt action on it” He said.
He assured that the police is determined to root out crime in the society and ensure the full protection with safety of lives and properties of its citizenry.