Abductors of the principal, Madonna Community Secondary school in Oruk Anam local government area of Akwa Ibom state, Monday Ekoriko, have demanded N50 million ransom.
Recall that Ekoriko was kidnapped last Saturday at his country home Udianga Enem village in Etim Ekpo local government area of the state during a church service at United Evangelical Church (UEC).
Reports said the hoodlums contacted the principal’s family and demanded N50million to set him free.
The kidnappers, it was gathered, threatened to kill their captive if the demand was not met within the stipulated time frame.
The eldest son of the victim, Menyene, said:” They (the hoodlums) called me on phone and the number was hidden, saying we should hurriedly arrange N50 million before my father could be released”.
“The discussion was so brief and sharp with the threat that some people have paid for my father to be killed, that only a higher amount would safe him”, Menyene said, adding that his father’s Lexus SUV the kidnappers used in whisking him away, had been recovered abandoned at the Ekparakwa axis of Oruk Anam LGA.”
The Youths’ Leader of the community, Comrade Udeme John, described the incident as sad and enjoined the Police and other security agencies to intensify their efforts with a view to rescuing the teacher alive and unharmed.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Odiko Macdon, a Superintendent of Police (SP), confirmed the recovery of the teacher’s SUV, assuring “operatives of the Command are closing in on the criminal elements.
“We can confirm the recovery of the car, the Police have nothing to do with ransom but I can assure you that very soon the hoodlums will be apprehended and brought to justice because the Commissioner of Police (CP) Olatoye Durosinmi, who is personally directing the operation has zero tolerance for crimes”, he assured.