The Commissioner for Agriculture in Ekiti State, Mr. Folorunsho Olabode, who was earlier abducted by gunmen has regained his freedom. The commissioner was kidnapped last Sunday at about 7:30 p.m. along Iludun-Isan-Ekiti road while traveling to his home town Iye-Ekiti from Ado-Ekiti, the state capital when his vehicle was ambushed at a bad spot along the road.
The kidnappers had earlier demanded N30 million Naira as ransom but later reduced it to N15 million last week but it was not confirmed whether the family paid any amount to secure the release of the commissioner.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Ekiti State Command, Mr. Abutu Sunday, said the commissioner was released by his abductors in Kogi State. Abutu, however, did not state whether the family paid any ransom to the abductors. The Police Spokesperson said that it took the combined efforts of security agents to secure the release of the commissioner.
“Yes, I can confirm the commissioner regained his freedom this afternoon somewhere in Kogi State. He is hale and hearty,” the PPRO said.
In the same vein, the Ekiti State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua, commended the combined efforts of the security agents in securing his colleague’s release. Olumilua said: “Government is grateful for the concern shown by members of the public during his period of incarceration. Similarly, the Ekiti State government appreciates efforts by the security agencies in securing his release as well as ensuring the security of lives and property within the state.