Gunmen on Wednesday kidnapped a Director in Ekiti State Civil Service, Olaniyi Ibidunmoye, in Ibillo, Edo State, while returning from a pastoral meeting of his church in Abuja.
Ibidunmoye is a Director in the Office of Ekiti State Surveyor General and also a pastor in Agape Christian Ministries.
The gunmen initially took him away in his Lexus jeep, which they later abandoned before taking him away in another vehicle.
His whereabouts is presently unknown but his captors have contacted the family demanding a ransom of N20m.
The non-release of the senior civil servant four days after he was seized has heightened fears about his safety in the den of his captors.
A source close to the family disclosed that his abandoned vehicle is now with Ibillo Police Station in Edo State.
The source said, “He was kidnapped on Wednesday and they have established contact with the family demanding a ransom of N20 million.
“The family has been going through emotional trauma and psychological torture since his abduction. The wife has been traumatized and disconsolate because the shock has been unbearable.
“We are pleading with his captors to release him unconditionally and allow him to reunite with his family; he is a civil servant and a man of God. We want to beg them to release him for the sake of the wife and children bearing the brunt of the shock.
“There is no way a salary earner can get N20m in this era when government is owing arrears of salaries.
When contacted, the Ekiti Police spokesman, Alberto Adeyemi, said he was not aware of the incident but would contact his colleague in Edo state.
“The incident did not happen here; we are not the one investigating. We are not aware.