By Osaigbovo Iguobaro Benin
Kidnappers of Akoko-Edo Local Government Area Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Henry Ashofor have demanded for N20 million ransom to secure his release.
It was learnt that the kidnappers called his wife on Sunday evening where they made the demand with a caution that they will not shifty their ground.
Ashofor, the pharmacist turned politician was reportedly.
kidnapped on Saturday evening near Ayetoro on the Igarra Ibillo road while on his way home from Igarra where he had attended a burial Ceremony with other politicians.
As at the time of this report, the chairman of the local government area, Don Umoru was in a peace and security meeting with top government officials and security agencies.
A leader of the party who craved for anonymity, said: “we are still on it, some hours ago, they called that we should bring N20 million.
We are having security and peace meeting as we speak.”
The Secretary to the Otaru of Igarra, Folorunsho Dania has appealed to the federal government to come to the aid of the local government area.
“The activities of these hoodlums have become so worrisome. They are dare devils 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.
A last week, a retired principal 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 where shattered.
“Few months ago, two retired matrons from the General Hospital were kidnapped in Igarra. We have not even recovered from the robbery that killed several lives,” he said.