By Olawqle Ibrahim , Lokoja
The suspected kidnappers of Yagba West Local government Area Chairman, in Kogi State, Mr. Pius Kolawole have contacted the family and demanded N100 million ransom for his release.
Sources hinted that the kidnappers were said to have got in touch with one of the family members on Sunday night, demanding ransom for the immediate release of Mr. Kolawole.
It was gathered that the abductors promised to call back by 10:00am on Monday morning to continue with the negotiation.
The source revealed that the kidnappers had also contacted the Kogi State Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) Mr. Taofik Isah who is also the chairman of Ijumu Local Government Council.
It was learned that the family, the council and ALGON had agreed that only its Chairman should continue with the negotiation with the kidnappers.
Kolawole was abducted on Saturday evening along Ilorin- Egbe – Kabba highway while returning his way from Ilorin, Kwara state capital to his hometown of Egbe, the border town between Kogi and Kwara state.
The ugly incident claimed the life of the State Commissioner for Pension Board, Mr. Solomon Adebayo popularly called “Akeweje” who was in the same vehicle with the chairman.
However, the kidnappers did not touch the four years old son of late Akeweje who was in the vehicle at the time of the attack.
While the police orderly to the chairman took to his heel, the driver of the vehicle was badly wounded and shot at by the abductors and only regain consciousness the second day at the Egbe Hospital.
Meanwhile, the news of the confirmation of the council chairman in the hands of his abductors has elicited mixed feelings while many of the governor’s appointee had taken to the social media singing song of joy.