Bandits demand N16 million ransom for four kidnapped Kogi Poly students
Bandits have demanded an N16 million ransom before releasing the four students of Kogi State Polytechnic who were kidnapped in Ondo State.
Newsflash Nigeria had reported on Friday that suspected bandits abducted no fewer than four Kogi State Polytechnic students along the Akunnu-Ajowa road, in the Akoko area of Ondo State.
The students are said to be returning home for the yuletide when the gunmen ambushed them on Friday, at Ago Jinadu Axis, in Akoko.
Newsflash Nigeria gathered the four students are all female, and the names of the victims are: Obadero Florence, Aregbesola Oreoluwa, Ahmed Ifeoluwa, and Olarotimi Omotoyosi.
The gunmen have established contact with their families and they are demanding the sum of four million naira each from them before they could be released.
The road has been a nightmare for motorists transiting through the route to Kogi and Abuja due to the notorious activities of armed bandits.
However, the source said the kidnapping of the female students has become worrisome to the security agencies in both Kogi and Ondo states.
“You are aware of the collaboration that is between the two states, especially in the border towns and villages but I can’t still imagine how these guys (kidnappers) operate freely without any hindrance.
“I’m sure our men would still have to re-double their efforts and watch within. The security of the lives and property of our people is of utmost priority, especially in this season. So, we shall get them soon,” he added.
Muri Agboola, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in Ondo, confirmed the kidnap of the female students on Saturday, saying the detectives from the police command have already swung into action intending to rescue the victims.
“The incident occurred in the Ago-Jinadu area of Akoko but our men are already in the push coming to the area…I can assure you that they would be rescued,” Mr Agboola said.