Mr. Monday Ekoriko, the principal general of Madonna Community Secondary School (MCSS), was abducted in Akwa Ibom State’s Oruk Anam Local Government Area and his captors have demanded N50 million in exchange for his release.
The kidnappers who made contact with the family said that if the demand was not satisfied within the allotted period, the victim would risk being murdered.
According to a family source, Ekoriko was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen at his rural house in Etim Ekpo LGA last Saturday while his route to the United Evangelical Church (UEC), which he personally established in the neighborhood.
Menyene, the victim’s oldest son, said yesterday that the thugs had phoned and demanded that the family pay N50 million right away in order for the victim to be freed.
Menyene recalled the conversation as being “so brief and sharp with threats that some people have paid for my father to be killed, that only a higher amount would save him,” adding that the Lexus SUV his father’s kidnappers used to drive him away had been found abandoned in the Ekparakwa axis of the Oruk Anam LGA.
Comrade Udeme John, the community’s youth leader, called the occurrence unfortunate and urged law enforcement and other security organizations to step up their efforts in the hope of saving the teacher’s life and property.
The event was verified by Mr. Odiko Macdon, a Superintendent of Police (SP), who serves as the PPRO.
He assured that “operatives of the Command are closing in on the criminal elements” by announcing the recovery of the teacher’s SUV.
“We can confirm that the car has been recovered. The police have nothing to do with the ransom, but I can assure you that the hoodlums will be captured and prosecuted very soon because the Commissioner of Police (CP) Olatoye Durosinmi, who is personally overseeing the operation, has zero tolerance for crimes,” he said.