Abductors Of Ondo Ex-LG Chairman Demand N10m Ransom

Abductors Of Ondo Ex-LG Chairman Demand N10m Ransom
Former Chairman of Akure North LGA, Dele Fagoriola (file)


The abductors of a former Chairman of Akure North Local Government Area (LGA) of Ondo State, Mr Dele Fagoriola, have demanded a ransom of N10 million for his release.

The suspects made the demand on Sunday, one day after some unidentified persons stormed the farm of the former chairman in Iju along the Akure-Ikere Ekiti Road.

A family source confirmed to reporters that the kidnappers put a phone call through to them, in which they requested for the ransom before they free Fagoriola.

But the Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Mr Femi Joseph, informed journalists that the police were already making progress to apprehend the suspects and secure the release of the politician.

He noted that he would not disclose the level of findings of the police investigations yet because of the intricacies involved in such crimes.

Joseph appealed to the law-abiding residents of the state not to panic, saying the command was committed to ensuring adequate security of their lives and property.

On Saturday, Fagoriola’s elder brother Busuyi told reporters that the former council chairman was on his farm to supervise his labourers when the kidnappers got hold of him and took him away.

He said the abductors, numbering about seven, used masks to cover their faces while perpetrating the act.

Obiano Reiterates Commitment To Infrastructural Development In Anambra

obianoThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has reiterated his commitment to infrastructural development in the state, assuring the resident of Orumba North and South Local Government Areas that his administration will continue with road projects in the area.

During a tour of the communities in the Local Government Area, Governor Obiano said the Anambra State government had spent over 47 billion Naira on road construction in the area within the past eight and half years.

Communities in Orumba North and South Local Government Areas are seen as the food baskets of the state, but the needed good roads to move their produce from their farms to the markets in the cities are lacking. The government is looking to provide good roads in the area to aid transportation of goods.

The Governor made a stop over at Mbaukwu in Awka South Local Government Area to sympathise with a domestic fire accident victim, Mr Friday Alagbo.

He said the state government would offset the hospital bills, but warned citizens to be careful in handling flammable materials, even as the state government had commenced with revamping the state’s fire fighting system.

At Ezira, in Orumba North Local Government Area, the reception was heartwarming, giving way for the people to solicit state government assistance to tackle poor road in their local government.

A Local Government Chairman highlighted some of their achievements in line with the vision of the state government as contained it its economic blueprint.

Governor Obiano, addressing the people, assured them that the construction of the 11.3 kilometer Ezira-Umuonyia-Achina road, which connects Orumba South to Aguata, would soon begin.

Obiano urged the people to continue supporting his political party, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), as the 22 billion Naira already spent on road infrastructure in the local government would only be a tip of an iceberg.

The Governor also visited Ajalli, in Orumba South. Addressing a gathering of residents, Governor Obiano said that over 25 billion Naira had been spent on road construction in addition to interventions in schools, hospitals and other key sectors.

He also urged the people to give APGA candidates total support in the forthcoming elections, to maintain the tempo of good governance in the Local Government Areas.