Unknown gunmen, suspected to be herdsmen, have kidnapped two siblings who were on transit for the burial of their father in the Ekuku-Agbor area of Delta State.
It was gathered that the two siblings were coming to their father’s burial on Friday when the gunmen waylaid them and took them away.
A family source told Punch that the suspected Fulani herdsmen demanded ₦13 million in ransom
“Mr Chukwuyem Afam, a son to late Sunday Afam whose burial was slated for Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Ekuku-Agbor, and one of their in-laws, Mr Eric Etunim, who was called up to come and pick up Mr Afam from the train station at Owa Oyibu”.
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“They were driving to Ekuku-Agbor when they were accosted by kidnappers, they were Fulani herdsmen who shot sporadically into the air before they were whisked away.
“Mr Chukwuyem travelled down from Abuja on Friday for the burial of his father and called on one of their in-laws, Mr Etunim to pick him up but unfortunately they were kidnapped.
They had contacted the family with an initial demand of ₦13 million ransom, which they later brought down to ₦5 million per person based on their last contact”, the family source said.
The source grieved that the burial ceremony of the late Afam turned into a more sorrowful one as the family members went ahead to bury their father since they have fixed the date amidst anxiety and apprehension.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Bright Edafe told journalists that he was yet to get information.
He said, “I have not gotten information on the incident, I will find out and get back to you”.