Four tipper drivers have been abducted in Kwara with the kidnappers demanding a ransom of N20 million.
The wives of the abducted drivers, Channels Television learned, are begging for alms to raise the money.
The Kwara State Police Command said they were abducted on a farm on the outskirt of Ilorin.
“The kidnapping incident is true. Four tipper drivers were kidnapped,” the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Ajayi Okasanmi, said.
The four drivers, according to sources corroborated by the Police, were abducted by some kidnappers who dressed in military uniform at a site where they went to collect sand which they were to supply to their customers last Saturday.
According to the sources, the abductees are members of the Oyun Garage branch of the Association of Quarry and Sand Dealers, Ilorin.
The kidnappers, who later contacted their families, placed a ransom of N5 million on each of the drivers.
It was gathered that some women who claimed to be wives of the drivers on Wednesday in the Oyun area of Sango, Kwara State Polytechnic Road, Ilorin were soliciting alms from commuters and passersby to raise money to meet the N20 million ransom demanded by the kidnappers.
One of the women, identified as Aishat, who claimed to be the wife of one of the drivers, appealed to philanthropists and public-spirited people in society to come to their aid so that their husbands would be free from the den of the kidnappers.
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SP Okasanmi said that the Command was on top of the situation.
Okasanmi, who said that the victims have not been rescued as of Wednesday, explained that the Police in conjunction with other security outfits including vigilantes and local hunters have been dispatched to all the forests in the state.
“Police in collaboration with other security agencies, vigilante men, and hunters have been dispatched to scout all the forest in the state but we are yet to sight any of the drivers. Our search still continues in the bush and I know that we will succeed. We are going to rescue them,” he added.
“My appeal to members of the public is that they should continue to give us information that will make us succeed in our assignment.”
He, however, said that two suspects have been arrested and they are helping the police in their investigation.