The sport utility vehicle of the abducted Principal of Madonna Community Secondary School in the Oruk Anam Local Government Area of State, Mr Monday Ekoriko, has been recovered by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command.
This came as the kidnappers contacted the victim’s family, demanding N50m ransom.
Ekoriko was abducted by gunmen at his country home in Udianga Enem village in the Etim Ekpo LGA last Saturday, while visiting to attend a church service at the United Evangelical Church which he built in the community.
Speaking with journalists on Friday, in Uyo, the state capital, his eldest son, Menyene, said, “they (the hoodlums) called me on the phone and the number was hidden. They told us to arrange N50m before my father could be released. The discussion was so brief and sharp with a threat that some people have paid for my father to be killed, that only a higher amount would safe him.’’
Menyene added that his father’s Lexus SUV which the kidnappers used in whisking him away, had been recovered after it was abandoned at the Ekparakwa axis of Oruk Anam LGA.
The youth leader in the community, Udeme John, described the incident as sad and urged the police and other security agencies to intensify efforts to rescue the teacher alive and unharmed.
The state police spokesperson, Odiko Macdon, confirmed the recovery of the teacher’s SUV, disclosing that operatives of the command were closing in on the criminals.
He stated, “We can confirm the recovery of the car. The police have nothing to do with ransom, but I can assure you that soon the hoodlums will be apprehended and brought to justice because the Commissioner of Police, Olatoye Durosinmi, who is personally directing the operation, has zero tolerance for crimes.’’