Abductors of Mrs Elizabeth Omotosho, mother of the incumbent National Chairman of Labour Party (LP), Dr Mike Omotosho, have demanded N100million as ransom to secure her release.
A source close to the family confided in The Herald exclusively last night that the men of the underworld had reached out to the family and requested that the huge sum be paid before the 71 year old mother could be released from the captivity.
Mrs Omotosho was reportedly kidnapped on Sunday night by four unidentified gunmen at her residence, 23, Lobalade Street, Tanke, Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The abduction of the septuagenarian came few weeks after Omotosho, who was the 2015 governorship candidate of Labour Party in Kwara State, was elected National Chairman of the party.
The source, who pleaded not to be named, told The Herald last night that the abductors insisted that the family must provide N100 million before the old woman could be left from her hostage.
“When mama was kidnapped on Sunday night, they went away without leaving any sign behind for us to reach out to them. But as I talk to you now, they have reached out to us and demanded that a sum of N100 million be paid before they can release mama to us.
“Though we are distraught with this ugly development at this moment in our life, we are optimistic and prayerful that the kidnappers would consider her age and release her in good time”.
In a telephone chat on Tuesday, the Spokesman of the State Police Command, Ajayi Okasanmi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the force was on the trail of the suspects.
When asked whether the police was aware of any demand by the abductors, Okasanmi relied that he was not in the know, but assured that the old woman would be released soon.
He disclosed that men of the police, Department of State Services and other sister security agencies are working behind the scene to unravel the identity of the hoodlums.
“We are on their trail. You know this is a sensitive matter and it is better left in a covert way that we are working. We have begun investigation on it, our sister agencies are also collaborating with us on this matter. Most importantly, we are working with the team set up by the Inspector General of Police to ensure safe return of the old woman.
ROYAL NEWS reports that the gate man at the residence of Mrs Elizabeth Omotosho, who recounted the incident, said four men armed with dangerous weapons stormed the house, snatched the old woman and whisked her to an unknown destination.
Dr. Mike Omotosho, who also confirmed the abduction of his mother by the gunmen, said police authorities had been informed over incident and appealed to members of the public with useful information about the kidnappers to contact the law enforcement agencies.
Similarly, Omotosho’s sister, Titilayo Omotosho, who also gave account of the abduction, said “The gate man who was later released after the abduction alleged that four armed men entered the house and told my mother to wear clothes and follow them. They threatened to shoot her if she makes any sound. The gate man said they asked of me but I was attending a meeting at that time. I got home, I searched everywhere and couldn’t find my mother”.