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Nigeria: Kidnappers demand N70m for release of businessman

Abductors of  Maxwell Obiajulu, the proprietor of Obilink Petrol station in Asaba, have demanded a N70 million ransom for his release.

The spokesperson of the police in Delta State, Charles Muka, disclosed the demand to the
News Agency of Nigeria in Asaba on Monday.

Mr. Muka stated that the 38-year-old man was kidnapped on Wednesday, at the filling station located close to Central Bank Cash Centre, along the Asaba-Benin highway in Asaba.

He said that the hoodlums were fully armed and had shot the victim on one leg before whisking him away in a vehicle, amidst sporadic shooting.

“The kidnappers phoned the man’s wife to make a demand of N70 million,’’ he said, adding, however, that the police command had stepped up effort to rescue him and arrest the kidnappers.

In another development, the spokesperson said the police have apprehended 60 young men suspected to be cultists at Issele-Mkpitime in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta.

He said the
suspects were mainly students from institutions in Warri and Sapele, both in Delta, adding that they were arrested on a tip-off.

Mr. Muka said the cultists were nabbed by a joint team of the police and a vigilance group in the community, while “the boys were planning an invasion of
the town.’’

He also disclosed that 32 other suspected cultists were intercepted at Otoro-Abraka on their way to Abbi in Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta.

The state Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, recently launched a renewed attack on kidnappers in the state.

The governor’s initiative was meant to put security agents on the alert to enable them to react swiftly to any suspected case of
kidnapping and other related vices.