James Sowole in Akure
Gunmen on Sunday kidnapped the Permanent Secretary of the Ondo State Hospital Management Board, Dr. Niran Ikuomola.
Ikuomola was kidnapped along with his driver along the Lokoja-Abuja Expressway while on official assignment.
The kidnap of the medical doctor and his driver was disclosed to journalists by the Secretary of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Ondo, Dr Roland Arounmolase.
Arounmolase explained that one of the kidnappers phone in to confirm the abduction of the Permanent Secretary and his driver in their den.
He said that the abductors had already contacted the family of the victim and demanding the sum of N70m before they would be released.
â€œDr. Ikuomola was abducted yesterday (Sunday) with his driver on the Lokoja -Abuja road while on his way to Abuja for an official function.
â€œThe kidnappers had contacted us this morning (Monday) by demanding for the sum of N70 million before he could be released to his familyâ€ he said.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Ondo State, Femi Joseph, couldnâ€™t immediately confirmed the abduction to journalists.
Joseph said since the incident occurred outside the jurisdiction of Ondo state, the police officers in Kogi state would take it up.
â€œAm not yet aware, although, it is outside our jurisdiction but am sure some of our colleagues (police) in Kogi state would have taken prompt action on itâ€ he said.
He promised that the police were determined to root out crime in the society and ensure the full protection with safety of lives and properties of its citizenry.