Civil servants in Ekiti State are yet to come to terms with the abduction of one of their colleagues, Olaniyi Ibidunmoye, by gunmen in Ibillo, Edo State, on Wednesday.
Ibidunmoye, a Director in the Office of Ekiti State Surveyor General and a pastor in Agape Christian Ministries, was said to be on his way back from a pastoral meeting held in Abuja when he was waylaid by kidnappers and taken to an unknown destination.
Family sources said the captors have contacted the family, demanding a ransom of N20 million.
Ibidunmoye was said to be traveling in his Sports Utility Vehicle when he encountered the gunmen and his whereabouts are presently unknown. The non-release of the senior civil servant four days after he was seized has heightened fears about his safety. The gunmen initially spirited Ibidunmoye away in his car which was later abandoned.
A source close to the family disclosed that his abandoned vehicle is now with Ibillo Police Station in Edo State. Landlords of Egbewa (GRA) Road 11, Ado Ekiti through their Community Association has written a letter of appeal to the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Chafe, calling on him to assist in freeing Ibidunmoye from the kidnappers.
Ekiti State Police Command spokesman, Alberto Adeyemi, could not be reached for comment on the abduction.